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

07.11.2018
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

06.27.2018
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

06.25.2018
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.

Engineers Solve Excessive Heat Removal from NASA’s Webb Telescope

06.05.2018
To keep heat away from the sensitive instruments, a majority of the electronics used to power and operate the instruments are housed in a compartment below ISIM, where specially designed baffles direct the heat safely into space and away from any cold surfaces of the observatory.

Hubble’s Galaxy Cluster Cornucopia

05.25.2018
The swirling spiral to the lower left of the frame is far from the most interesting spectacle here — behind it sits a galaxy cluster.

NASA’s Webb Observatory Spacecraft Element Environmental Testing Update

05.04.2018
The spacecraft element of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope recently completed its first two major launch environmental tests at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, and will soon undergo further tests to ensure it will handle the rigors of launch and the harsh environment of space.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Could Potentially Detect the First Stars and Black Holes

04.25.2018
The first stars in the universe blazed to life about 200 to 400 million years after the big bang.

2020 Decadal Survey Missions: At a Glance

04.24.2018
Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap.

NASA Teams Study the Agency’s Future in Astrophysics; Tackle Formidable Technology Challenges

04.24.2018
As in past decades, the agency won’t make that decision in a vacuum or without understanding the technical obstacles, which are formidable.

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

04.19.2018
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

04.09.2018
The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

Hubble's Curious Case of a Calcium-rich Supernovae

03.30.2018
NGC 5714 is a spiral galaxy, but that feature is hard to see, as NGC 1787 presents itself at an almost perfectly edge-on angle.

NASA Prepares to Launch Next Mission to Search Sky for New Worlds

03.28.2018
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is undergoing final preparations in Florida for its April 16 launch to find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life.

Dark Matter Goes Missing in Oddball Galaxy

03.28.2018
Galaxies and dark matter go together like peanut butter and jelly. You typically don't find one without the other.

NASA’s Webb Observatory Requires More Time for Testing and Evaluation; New Launch Window Under Review

03.27.2018
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope currently is undergoing final integration and test phases that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. After an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory, Webb’s previously revised 2019 launch window now is targeted for approximately May 2020.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and Webb Telescopes' at Library of Congress Lecture

03.19.2018
The public is invited to a free talk called "Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes," with Dr. Jonathan Gardner in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Hubble’s Messier Catalog

03.16.2018
While the Hubble Space Telescope has not produced images of every object in the Messier catalog, it has observed 93 of them as of February 2018.

NASA’s James Webb Observatory Prepares for Additional Testing

03.12.2018
Engineers removed the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from their shipping container in a high bay at Northrop Grumman on March 8, signaling the next step in the observatory’s integration and testing.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Make a Splash in Search for Interstellar Water

03.09.2018
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will peer into these cosmic reservoirs to gain new insights into the origin and evolution of water and other key building blocks for habitable planets.

Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

03.07.2018
NASA Goddard’s Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) is home to a vibrant community of scientists, technologists, and support staff dedicated to enabling NASA’s over-arching goals in astrophysics.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet

02.20.2018
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will study Mars to learn more about the planet’s transition from wet to dry, and what that means about its past and present habitability.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch

02.15.2018
NASA’s next planet-hunting mission has arrived in Florida to begin preparations for launch.

Combined Optics, Science Instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Arrive in California

02.05.2018
The two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope now reside at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, where they will come together to form the complete observatory.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

01.31.2018
Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Follow the STTARS to Find NASA's Webb Telescope

01.29.2018
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will soon be on the move, and in order to find it, you will need to follow the STTARS.
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