The rigors of launch demand extreme testing for payloads. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was recently placed on a shake table to simulate vibrations it will endure. The telescope has an estimated “life-cycle cost of $8.835 billion dollars."
The NASA satellite was shut down on March 30, 2017 after 17 years of service and will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere in 2056. It captured over 92,000 images and more than 1,500 research papers were written as a result.