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NASA Press Events at 2022 Fall AGU Meeting

NASA researchers will be presenting findings on Earth and space sciences Dec.12-16 at the American Geophysical Union's 2022 Fall meeting, being held virtually and in Chicago this year.

NASA’s Roman Mission Completes Key Optical Components

Engineers at Ball Aerospace, one of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope's industrial partners, have installed and aligned the element wheel assembly into the observatory’s Wide Field Instrument. The assembly will help Roman solve some of the most profound mysteries in astrophysics.

NASA’s Webb Reveals an Exoplanet Atmosphere as Never Seen Before

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope just scored another first: a molecular and chemical profile of a distant world’s skies.

NASA’s Webb Draws Back Curtain on Universe’s Early Galaxies

A few days after officially starting science operations, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope propelled astronomers into a realm of early galaxies, previously hidden beyond the grasp of all other telescopes until now.

NASA’s Webb Catches Fiery Hourglass as New Star Forms

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has revealed the once-hidden features of the protostar within the dark cloud L1527, providing insight into the beginnings of a new star. These blazing clouds within the Taurus star-forming region are only visible in infrared light, making it an ideal target for Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam).

NASA Telescope, Moon Rocket Named TIME Inventions of 2022

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket were named 2022 TIME Inventions of the Year.

NASA, Webb Telescope Partners Receive Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award

On Nov. 3, the James Webb Space Telescope team was named a Grand Laureate winner during the Aviation Week Network's 65th Annual Laureate Awards in Washington. NASA led the international Webb partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency).

How NASA’s Roman Telescope Will Scan for Showstopping Explosions

What happens when the densest, most massive stars – that are also super small – collide? They send out brilliant explosions known as kilonovae. Scientists will soon have an additional observatory to help follow up on and even scout these remarkable events: NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, which is set to launch by May 2027.

Haunting Portrait: NASA’s Webb Reveals Dust, Structure in Pillars of Creation

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope using its Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) camera has snapped this eerie, extremely dusty view of the Pillars of Creation in mid-infrared light – showing us a new view of a familiar landscape.

NASA’s Economic Benefit Reaches All 50 States

NASA released the results of its second agencywide economic impact report on Thursday, demonstrating how its Moon to Mars activities, investments in climate change research and technology, as well as other work generated more than $71.2 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2021.

NASA’s Webb Uncovers Dense Cosmic Knot in The Early Universe

Astronomers looking into the early universe have made a surprising discovery using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope: a cluster of massive galaxies in the process of forming around an extremely red quasar.

NASA’s Webb Takes Star-Filled Portrait of Pillars of Creation

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a lush, highly detailed landscape – the iconic Pillars of Creation – where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust.

AAS Names NASA’s Jane Rigby as Fred Kavli Plenary Lecturer

Dr. Jane Rigby, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and project scientist for operations for the James Webb Space Telescope, will receive the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Fred Kavli Plenary Lectureship award at the 241st AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington, on Jan. 9, 2023.

Webb, Hubble Capture Detailed Views of DART Impact

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope captured views of a unique NASA experiment designed to intentionally smash a spacecraft into a small asteroid in the world’s first-ever in-space test for planetary defense. These observations also mark the first time that Webb and Hubble simultaneously observed the same celestial target.

New Webb Image Captures Clearest View of Neptune’s Rings in Decades

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shows off its capabilities closer to home with its first image of Neptune.

US Postal Service Celebrates NASA’s Webb Telescope With New Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp celebrating NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most powerful, and most complex science telescope ever put in space.

A Cosmic Tarantula, Caught by NASA’s Webb

Nicknamed the Tarantula Nebula for the appearance of its dusty filaments in previous telescope images, the nebula has long been a favorite for astronomers studying star formation. In addition to young stars, Webb reveals distant background galaxies, as well as the detailed structure and composition of the nebula’s gas and dust.

NASA Webb’s First Full-Color Images, Data Are Set to Sound

There’s a new, immersive way to explore some of the first full-color infrared images and data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – through sound.

NASA’s Webb Detects Carbon Dioxide in Exoplanet Atmosphere

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. This observation of a gas giant planet orbiting a Sun-like star 700 light-years away provides important insights into the composition and formation of the planet.

Webb’s Jupiter Images Showcase Auroras, Hazes

With giant storms, powerful winds, auroras, and extreme temperature and pressure conditions, Jupiter has a lot going on. Now, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured new images of the planet. Webb’s Jupiter observations will give scientists even more clues to Jupiter’s inner life.

NCCS Enables NASA, MIT, and Citizen Scientists to Discover Nearly 100 Eclipsing Quadruple Star Systems in TESS Telescope Data

NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) computing systems enabled NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and citizen scientists to discover nearly 100 eclipsing quadruple star systems from observations by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) telescope.

Webb Captures Stellar Gymnastics in The Cartwheel Galaxy

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has peered into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy, revealing new details about star formation and the galaxy’s central black hole. Webb’s powerful infrared gaze produced this detailed image of the Cartwheel and two smaller companion galaxies against a backdrop of many other galaxies.

Gravity Assist: Meet a Webb Scientist Who Looks Back in Time

The James Webb Space Telescope awed the world on July 12 with its first images and data. And it’s just getting started with its exploration of the cosmos. Dr. John Mather, the observatory’s senior project scientist, has been working toward this milestone for more than 25 years.

NASA’s Webb Reveals Steamy Atmosphere of Distant Planet in Detail

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope captured the most detailed measurements of starlight filtering through the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system to date. Distinct water signatures were observed, as was evidence of haze and clouds that previous studies did not detect.

NASA’s Webb Captures Dying Star’s Final ‘Performance’ in Fine Detail

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has revealed details of the Southern Ring planetary nebula that were previously hidden from astronomers. Planetary nebulae are the shells of gas and dust ejected from dying stars.

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