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Deep Space Diary

Activity 3.4

Webb is the most ambitious space telescope humans have built to date. Its primary mirror measures 6.5 meters in diameter and its kite-shaped sunshield is approximately the size of a tennis court when deployed. To fit Webb into the rocket taking it to space, engineers designed it to carefully fold up and unfold (or deploy) properly in space. This activity asks students to plan and design a basic model of the telescope that will fold away and fit into the rocket’s payload bay.


  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology (DT)
  • Primary Science / Working Scientifically

Learning Methods

  • Design and Invent
  • Problem Solve
  • Thinking Skills
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