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Press Releases & Feature Stories

Amber Straughn - Drawn to the Skies

07.25.2014
Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.

NASA's Webb Sunshield Stacks Up to Test!

07.24.2014
The Sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory—five layers of thin membrane that must unfurl reliably in space to precise tolerances.

Discover the "X-Factor" of NASA's Webb Telescope in "Behind the Webb" Video

07.24.2014
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray observatory have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight.

Testing Completed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane

07.08.2014
The James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure.

Webb Telescope Microshutters Journey into NASA Clean Room

06.23.2014
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope microshutters have taken a short jaunt in preparation of its million mile journey in four years.
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Laboratory News

Cutting Edge

07.23.2014
Volume 10, Issue 4 (Summer 2014) of the Cutting Edge includes a tribute to one of the center's most prolific principal investigators, Bruce Woodgate, as well as features on the James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble.

2014 Agency Honor Award Recipients

07.16.2014
Please congratulate the 2014 Agency Honor Award recipients.

Outstanding Leadership Medal
Julie McEnery/661
Citation: For outstanding leadership of NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Observatory

Exceptional Achievement Medal
Matthew Greenhouse/665
Citation: For excellence achieved as Project Scientist to advance science technology and development for the James Webb Space Telescope instrument team.

Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
Simon Bandler/662
Citation: For exceptional technology contribution in the development of X-ray quantum calorimeters with unprecedented energy resolution for future space astrophysics.

Group Achievement Awards

The Astro-H Soft X-Ray Telescope Team/Peter Serlemitsos/662 (POC)
ASD Team Members: Takashi Okajima (662), Lawrence G. Olsen (660.3)
Citation: For the development and timely delivery of the Astro-H Soft X-ray Telescopes, with performance exceeding mission goals.

Astro-H Soft X-Ray Spectrometer Instrument Team/Gary Sneiderman/592
ASD Team Members: Norman Dobson (660.3), Megan Eckart (662), Richard Kelley (662), Caroline Kilbourne (662), Frederick Scott Porter (662)
Citation: For the successful completion of the Astro-H Soft X-Ray Spectrometer Flight Hardware

Goddard View

06.26.2014
The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to start a four-months long test to simulate the exceptionally cold temperatures in space. Read more in Volume 10, Issue 7 of the Goddard View.
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Overview

The Observational Cosmology Laboratory conducts research to improve understanding of the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe. Specific issues under investigation include what powered the Big Bang; the size, shape, and matter-energy content of the universe; when the first stars and galaxies appeared and their evolution over cosmic time; and the nature of the mysterious dark energy that is driving the universe apart.

comparison of COBE and WMAP results
A comparison of all-sky image of temperature fluctuations in the early universe with COBE (upper image) and the WMAP (lower image). Science operations for WMAP are conducted in the ASD (Bennett, PI)

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