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Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient White Dwarf Star Encircled by Puzzling Rings

A volunteer working with the NASA-led Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known white dwarf ringed by dust and debris.

SOFIA Finds Dust Survives Obliteration in Supernova 1987A

Dust particles form as dying red giant stars throw off material and become part of interstellar clouds of various sizes, densities and temperatures.

NASA’s Webb Is Sound After Completing Critical Milestones

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has successfully passed another series of critical testing milestones on its march to the launch pad.

NASA's Webb Telescope Wrapped in a Mobile Clean Room

The James Webb Space Telescope got a very special wrapping treatment which acts as a “mobile clean room,” safeguarding the technological marvel from contaminants.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Provide Census of Fledgling Stars in Stellar Nursery

The dazzling glow of young stars dominates images of the giant stellar nursery NGC 346, in the neighboring dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic Cloud.

NASA’s First Stellar Observatory, OAO 2, Turns 50

Launched on Dec. 7, 1968, NASA's Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2, nicknamed Stargazer, was the agency's first successful cosmic explorer — a direct ancestor of Hubble and many other astronomy satellites.

Honeycomb Mirrors Makes NASA’s Webb the Most Powerful Space Telescope

James Webb's mirrors' honeycomb like arrangement allows for Webb to have the largest possible reflective surface area to make observations, with the least amount of dead space in between each.

The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope to correct a devastating error in the telescope's primary mirror.

NASA Awards Optical Telescope Assembly for Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope Mission

NASA has awarded a contract to Harris Corporation of Rochester, New York, for the Optical Telescope Assembly (OTA) for the agency’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission.

NASA's Webb Takes a Carriage Ride to Testing Chambers

The James Webb Space Telescope takes a carriage ride from one place to another during testing.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate Cosmic Jets From Young Stars

James Webb Space Telescope will study objects like Herbig-Haro (HH) 212, located about 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Orion.

Astronomers Unveil Growing Black Holes in Colliding Galaxies

These images reveal the final stage of unions between pairs of galactic nuclei in the messy cores of colliding galaxies.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

How to Weigh a Black Hole Using NASA’s Webb Space Telescope

Astronomers will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to measure a black hole’s mass.

Both Halves of NASA’s Webb Telescope Successfully Communicate

Two halves of the James Webb Space Telescope have successfully communicated.

Success in Critical Communications Tests for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

When NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021, it will write a new chapter in cosmic history.

The ‘Gloo’ Behind James Webb Space Telescopes Spider Technology

The device pictured here is designed to securely guide small cooling and exhaust tubes throughout the observatory.

Time Saving Tooling Rods Used on NASA's Webb Telescope Sunshield

Folding and refolding bed sheets to ensure they are squared can take a lot of time. It's the same with unfurling and folding up NASA's massive James Webb Space Telescope sunshield during testing.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

NASA's Most Technically Complex Space Observatory Requires Precision

The James Webb Space Telescope is of one the most ambitious and technically complex missions NASA has ever set its focus upon.

Technicians Lay NASA's Webb Sunshield Layers Flat for Inspection

Technicians and engineers working to ensure the soundness of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope manually lower its folded sunshield layers for easier access and inspection

Technicians Ensure James Webb Space Telescope’s Sunshield Survives Stresses Experienced During Liftoff

Acoustic testing exposes the spacecraft to similar forces and stress experienced during liftoff, allowing engineers to better prepare it for the rigors of spaceflight.

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope to Inspect Atmospheres of Gas Giant Exoplanets

One of the most powerful tools that will examine the atmospheres of some planets that TESS discovers will be NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Target Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious and complex space observatory ever built, will use its unparalleled infrared capabilities to study Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, shedding new light on the enigmatic storm and building upon data returned from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.
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