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Mapping the Early Universe with NASA's Webb Telescope

06.24.2020
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

06.12.2020
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

06.09.2020
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.

NASA’s Webb Telescope is an International Endeavor

06.01.2020
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.

In Planet Formation, It's Location, Location, Location

05.28.2020
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are finding that planets have a tough time forming in the rough-and-tumble central region of the massive, crowded star cluster Westerlund 2.

NASA’s Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks’ of Our Solar System

05.21.2020
With James Webb, researchers will observe far-flung asteroids, some with moons, to learn more about the makeup and history of our solar system.

First Look: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Fully Stowed

05.14.2020
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been successfully folded and stowed into the same configuration it will have when loaded onto an Ariane 5 rocket for launch next year.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Unravel Riddles of a Stellar Nursery

04.30.2020
A bustling stellar nursery in the picturesque Orion Nebula will be a subject of study for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2021.

Piercing the Dark Birthplaces of Massive Stars with Webb

04.10.2020
“What we’re trying to do is look at the birthplaces of massive stars,” explained Erick Young, principal investigator of a program that will use Webb to study this phenomenon.

New NASA Podcast Helps Listeners Explore Our ‘Curious Universe’

04.06.2020
NASA’s newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.

NASA Science Keeps the Lights On

04.02.2020
Across NASA’s many missions, thousands of scientists, engineers, and other experts and professionals all over the country are doing what they do best, but now from home offices and via video conferencing. With most personnel supporting missions remotely to keep onsite staff at a minimal level in response to COVID-19, the Agency is moving ahead strongly with everything from space exploration to using our technology and innovation to help inform policy makers.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Full Mirror Deployment a Success

03.31.2020
In a recent test, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space.

Statement on NASA Goddard’s Coronavirus Prep Actions

03.13.2020
Goddard has canceled all non-mission-essential visits to its facilities. Goddard also is closing its Visitor Centers at Greenbelt and at Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

NASA Approves Development of Universe-Studying, Planet-Finding Mission

03.02.2020
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) project has passed a critical programmatic and technical milestone, giving the mission the official green light to begin hardware development and testing.

Examining Ice Giants With NASA’s Webb Telescope

02.26.2020
Far-flung Uranus and Neptune — the ice giants of our solar system — are as mysterious as they are distant. Soon after its launch in 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will change that by unlocking secrets of the atmospheres of both planets.

NASA’s Webb Will Seek Atmospheres around Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

02.05.2020
More than one team of astronomers will study the TRAPPIST-1 system with Webb. They plan to use a variety of instruments and observing modes to tease out as many details as they can for each planet in the system.

NASA Creates Technologies to Gather Great Observatory Science from a Balloon

01.28.2020
NASA Scientist Al Kogut has found a way to do Hubble Space Telescope-class science from a relatively inexpensive scientific balloon and is well on the way to proving the concept.

How NASA's Webb Telescope Will Continue Spitzer's Legacy

01.22.2020
While the Spitzer Space Telescope is headed for retirement, many of its breakthroughs will be studied more precisely with NASA's forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

David Content Hopes to Answer the Big Questions with WFIRST

01.07.2020
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

01.06.2020
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

01.05.2020
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

01.05.2020
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

12.18.2019
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’

12.18.2019
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’s Webb to Unveil the Secrets of Nearby Dwarf Galaxies

11.25.2019
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.
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