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Company Seven: A Long History with NASA

One of the two founders of Company Seven began his career working for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Even after transferring from NASA to other government agencies, his first love remained NASA. So it is altogether appropriate that Company Seven should have been fortunate and well-regarded enough to periodically contribute expertise and equipment for NASA projects over the decades, some more prominent in the public eye than others, including two generations of NASA Space Telescopes.

M. Cohen at CCAFS Hangar with WFPC2 Oct. 1993 (239,172 bytes) M. Cohen at NASA GSFC with JWST ETU Mirror Dec 2012 (215,289 bytes)

Martin Cohen of Company Seven in clean room protective "Bunny Suit" in 1993 standing before the Hubble Space Telescope WFPC2. Then in 2012 before a mirror segment for the JWST project.
Left: in a secure clean room at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as the WFPC2 was readied for roll-out within its transporter to the Shuttle Payload Integration Facility (SPIF) where the Space Shuttle Endeavor awaited (239,172 bytes).
Right: at center, before a mirror segment of the NASA James Webb Space Telescope at NASA GSFC Building 29 Clean Room. Eighteen (18) panels like this will make up the Primary Mirror of JWST (215,289 bytes).
Click on images to see enlarged views (879,105 and 438,446 bytes).

Photo credits: Martin Cohen of Company Seven, and Chris Gunn of NASA GSFC.

To provide you with a better understanding of the differences between the primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):

NASA Hubble Space Telescope Primary Mirror compared to the James Webb Space Telescope mirror panels assembly (54,503 bytes)

Above: the single low-weight glass 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) diameter primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope alongside the 6.5 meter (21.3 ft)
eighteen beryllium mirror segments (costing some $20 million each!) that will make up the Primary Mirror of the new Webb Space Telescope (239,172 bytes).
Artwork courtesy of NASA. Click on images to see enlarged view (54,503 and 138,775 bytes).


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