The day I met MIRI

With MIRI in the clean room at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Video courtesy of Sky at Night Magazine. Remember to select the 720p HD option.

Earlier this month I travelled to Oxfordshire to film the James Webb Space Telescope’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) in its clean room at the famous Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. After several years of assembly and testing at RAL, MIRI is now ready to be flown to the US where it will join up with the other parts of the James Webb Space Telescope that are being put together at NASA. Getting to go inside the high-tech clean room was an incredible experience and one that I won’t forget for a very long while. But what’s most exciting for me is what the instrument will uncover when it first opens its eyes to the cosmos. For those revelations we’ll have to wait a few years yet.

  Filming MIRI in the clean room at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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