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Back to the Beginning: Probing the First Galaxies with Webb

Soon, through the power of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), astronomers will look back to that raucous, early period in a deep-sky survey to trace the formation and evolution of the first galaxies.

NASA Missions Help Investigate an "Old Faithful" Active Galaxy

Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser regularly blasts a jet of boiling water high in the air. Now, an international team of astronomers has discovered a cosmic equivalent, a distant galaxy that erupts roughly every 114 days.

21 Ways to Celebrate the James Webb Space Telescope Launch in 2021

A new year brings hope, expectations, and promise. Related to the space science community, this year will also bring the much-anticipated launch of NASA???s James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA's Webb Telescope Looks Back on 2020 Engineering Milestones

2020 was a year of monumental progress for NASA???s James Webb Space Telescope. The world???s largest and most powerful space observatory advanced through a series of engineering milestones at Northrop Grumman???s facilities in Redondo Beach, California, in preparation for its launch in 2021.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

???NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic,??? said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

NASA's Webb Sunshield Successfully Unfolds and Tensions in Final Tests

NASA's fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope successfully completed a final series of large-scale deployment and tensioning sunshield tests.

Detailing the Formation of Distant Solar Systems with NASA's Webb Telescope

Researchers will conduct a survey with the Webb Telescope to compare planet-forming disks.

NASA’s Webb Completes Significant Testing Milestone for Deployable Tower

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope marked another significant testing milestone with the successful deployment of a critical structure that plays an important role in how the observatory will unfurl and deploy once in space.

The Cosmic Dust in Your Bones—NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate the Intertwined Origins of Dust and Life

Astronomers find themselves in a similar position when calculating the amount of dust galaxies should have; there is more dust than expected, and they don’t know where it’s coming from.

NASA’s Webb To Examine Objects in the Graveyard of the Solar System

NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will examine an assortment of Kuiper Belt Objects in a series of programs called Guaranteed Time Observations shortly after its launch in 2021.

Simulations Show Webb Telescope Can Reveal Distant Galaxies Hidden in Quasars’ Glare

Webb observations will seek dusty galaxies from the first billion years of the universe.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Environmental Testing

With the completion of its latest series of milestone tests, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has now survived all of the harsh conditions associated with a rocket launch to space.

Search for New Worlds at Home With NASA’s Planet Patrol Project

Help NASA find exoplanets, worlds beyond our solar system, through a newly launched website called Planet Patrol.

NASA's Webb Will Explore the Cores of Merging Galaxies

Researchers will study four nearby merging galaxies in unprecedented detail.

NASA’s Webb “Powerhouse” Solar Array Reconnects to the Telescope

One kilowatt is about what it takes to heat up some leftovers in a microwave — or to power the largest and most technically advanced telescope ever built. Thanks to its solar array, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will stay energy-efficient more than 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth.

Ground Segment Testing a Success for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Testing teams have successfully completed a critical milestone focused on demonstrating that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will respond to commands once in space.

NASA's Webb to Study Quasars and Their Host Galaxies in Three Dimensions

Shortly after the launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, scientists plan to study the effect of three carefully selected quasars on their host galaxies in a program called Q3D.

NASA’s Webb Telescope is an International Endeavor

The James Webb Space Telescope is an international endeavor with widespread global contributions and experts in more than a dozen countries dedicated to the build, launch, and future science of this flagship NASA space observatory. The cooperation and collaboration on Webb is an incredible testament to what is possible with worldwide teamwork.

Jeffrey Kruk Helping the World See the Big Picture in the Sky

Jeffrey Kruk, project scientist for the Roman Space Telescope, will help the world see the Big Picture in the sky.

NASA's Webb Telescope Will Study Jupiter, Its Rings, and Two Intriguing Moons

Astronomers will use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to observe these famous subjects, pushing the observatory's instruments to their fullest capabilities and laying the groundwork for far-reaching scientific discovery.

NASA Announces New James Webb Space Telescope Target Launch Date

NASA now is targeting Oct. 31, 2021, for the launch of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope from French Guiana, due to impacts from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as technical challenges.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Comprehensive Systems Test

Now that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been assembled into its final form, testing teams seized the unique opportunity to perform a critical software and electrical analysis on the entire observatory as a single, fully connected vehicle.

Mapping the Early Universe with NASA's Webb Telescope

Although many other observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, have previously created "deep fields" by staring at small areas of the sky for significant chunks of time, the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey, led by Steven L. Finkelstein of the University of Texas at Austin, will be the first for Webb.

Gravity Assist: Puffy Planets, Powerful Telescopes, with Knicole Colon

NASA astrophysicist Knicole Colon describes her work on the Kepler, Hubble, TESS and Webb missions, and takes us on a tour of some of her favorite planets.

Tower Extension Test a Success for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

To test the James Webb Space Telescope’s readiness for its journey in space, technicians successfully commanded it to deploy and extend a critical part of the observatory known as the Deployable Tower Assembly.
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