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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

NASA's Webb Sunshield Undergoes Rocket Fitting, More Testing

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope’s spacecraft element, which consists of the observatory’s spacecraft bus and the sunshield, was put in the same folded-up configuration that it will be in when mounted on atop a rocket for launch in 2021.

How the Webb Telescope Will Explore Mars

When NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2021, reaches its destination a million miles from Earth, it will be able to see the whole disk of Mars every two years. If a global dust storm envelops the Red Planet at a time when Webb could see it, the powerful space telescope could gather information about the storm.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Emerges Successfully from Final Thermal Vacuum Test

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has successfully cleared another critical testing milestone, taking this ambitious observatory one step closer to its 2021 launch.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

A “Jellyfish” Galaxy Swims Into View of NASA’s Upcoming Webb Telescope

Webb will target sites of star formation at different points along the tail: close to the galaxy, in the middle, and near the end of the tail.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Mirrors Utilize Innovative Space Shielding

NASA’s Webb telescope mirrors utilize innovative space shielding.

NASA’s Webb to Explore Galaxies from Cosmic Dawn to Present Day

NASA scientists hope to answer two fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the universe with the combined power of James Webb and gravity creating "natural telescopes" in space.

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

NASA's Webb Telescope Will Study an Iconic Supernova

The closest supernova in centuries exploded in 1987 and 32 years later astronomers continue to study its remains for clues about how stars live and die.

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.
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