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The James Webb Space Telescope mirror is halfway complete, which means that researchers are looking forward to learning a bit more about our universe. The mirror represents just part of a project to create a telescope to peer further than ever before into the distant universe.

"The years of planning and practicing is really paying dividends and the progress is really rewarding for everyone to see," said Lee Feinberg, NASA's Optical Telescope Element Manager, in a news release.

The latest mirror is just over 4.2 feet across and weighs about 88 pounds. After being pieced together, the 18 primary mirror segments in the James Webb Space Telescope will work together as one large 21.3-foot mirror. The full installation of this mirror is expected to be complete in early 2016.

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