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David Content Hopes to Answer the Big Questions with WFIRST

David Content, Payload Project Manager for WFIRST, hopes to answer the question "Are We Alone?"

New Technique May Give NASA’s Webb Telescope a Way to Quickly Identify Planets with Oxygen

Researchers may have found a way that NASA's James Webb Space Telescope can quickly identify nearby planets that could be promising for our search for life, as well as worlds that are uninhabitable because their oceans have vaporized.

Simulated Image Demonstrates the Power of NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

This simulated image of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy highlights the high resolution, large field of view, and unique footprint of NASA’s upcoming Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Astronomers Spot Distant Galaxy Group Driving Ancient Cosmic Makeover

Astronomers have found the farthest galaxy group identified to date. Called EGS77, the galaxies are participating in a sweeping cosmic makeover called reionization, which transformed the universe into what we see today.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Search for Young Brown Dwarfs and Rogue Planets

When NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021, it will shed light on questions about rogue planets and young brown dwarfs.

NASA’s GISMO Instrument Maps Inner Milky Way, Sees Cosmic ‘Candy Cane’

A feature resembling a candy cane highlights this colorful composite image of our Milky Way galaxy's central zone. But this is no cosmic confection. It's part of a set of radio-emitting filaments extending 190 light-years.

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

NASA’s Webb to Unveil the Secrets of Nearby Dwarf Galaxies

In two separate studies using NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, a team of astronomers will observe dwarf galaxy companions to the Milky Way and the nearby Andromeda galaxy.

A Weakened Black Hole Allows Its Galaxy to Awaken

Astronomers have confirmed the first example of a galaxy cluster where large numbers of stars are being born at its core.

WFIRST Will Add Pieces to the Dark Matter Puzzle

WFIRST’s ability to survey wide swaths of the universe will help us figure out what dark matter could be made of by exploring the structure and distribution of both matter and dark matter across space and time.

NASA to Live Stream Symposium on Exoplanet Science

The symposium, titled “Rocky Exoplanets in the Era of NASA’s Webb: Theory and Observation” is the second symposium hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) at Goddard.

NASA to Demonstrate New Star-Watching Technology with Thousands of Tiny Shutters

NASA scientists have developed a revolutionary technology of tiny shutters that open and close as needed to focus on studying hundreds of stars and galaxies at the same time.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Clears Critical Sunshield Deployment Testing

Webb passed a critical test when technicians and engineers fully deployed and tensioned each of the sunshield's five layers, successfully putting the sunshield into the same position it will be in a million miles from Earth.

Milky Way’s Center Will Be Revealed by NASA’s Webb Telescope

After its launch, Webb will gather infrared light that has penetrated the dusty veil, revealing the galactic center in unprecedented detail.

NASA’s Webb to Unlock the Mysteries of Comets and the Early Solar System

Shortly after its launch in 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will observe three different types of comets in infrared light, which is invisible to human eyes.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Been Assembled for the First Time

Reaching a major milestone, engineers have successfully connected the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for the first time at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach, California.

Where Are New Stars Born? NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate

Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as a sort of time machine, a team of researchers intends to look billions of years into the past to understand how stars like our Sun formed in the universe.

Critical Deployment of NASA Webb’s Secondary Mirror a Success

Technicians and engineers recently tested a key part of this choreography by successfully commanding Webb to deploy the support structure that holds its secondary mirror in place.

Shining (Star)light on the Search for Life

In the hunt for life on other worlds, astronomers scour over planets that are light-years away. They need ways to identify life from afar — but what counts as good evidence? To know a true sign when you see it, you must look beyond the planet itself, all the way to the gleaming star it orbits.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Shines with American Ingenuity

Sending humans to the Moon is similar to building the worlds most complex and powerful space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope. Both require surmounting countless hurdles, inventing new technologies while staring into the face of the unknown.

New Hubble Constant Measurement Adds to Mystery of Universe’s Expansion Rate

Astronomers have made a new measurement of how fast the universe is expanding, using an entirely different kind of star than previous endeavors.

NASA Awards Contract for WFIRST Science Operations Center

NASA has awarded a contract to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland for the agency’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission Science Operations Center (SOC).

Main Instrument for NASA’s WFIRST Mission Completes Milestone Review

To know how the universe will end, we must know what has happened to it so far. This is just one mystery NASA's forthcoming Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission will tackle as it explores the distant cosmos. WFIRST's giant camera, the WFI, will be fundamental to this exploration, and it has just passed an important milestone.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Tech Improves Patients’ Vision

The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in 2021, but NASA technology developed for this upcoming innovative observatory is already hard at work here on Earth, helping improve LASIK eye surgery.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Survey Saturn and its Moon Titan

NASA’s Webb Telescope will survey Saturn and its moon Titan
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