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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.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

01.23.2018
Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Webb Telescope’s Houston Highlights

01.10.2018
With NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s approximately nine-month stay in Texas coming to an end, now is a good time to reflect on the memories it made in the Lone Star State.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

01.04.2018
Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself — what IS that dim light in the sky?

Webb Telescope’s “Silver and Gold Decorations”

12.21.2017
You won’t catch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope saying “Bah, humbug!” to seasonal festivities.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

12.20.2017
A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&A About the Toughness of NASA’s Webb Telescope

12.05.2017
Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth’s environment and the frigid, airless environment of space?

NASA’s Webb Telescope Emerges from Chamber A

12.01.2017
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, or Webb, emerged from Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Dec. 1 to prepare for its upcoming move to California.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Cryogenic Testing

11.20.2017
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Early Science Observations Revealed

11.13.2017
Astronomers around the world will have immediate access to early data from specific science observations from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which will be completed within the first five months of Webb’s science operations.

James Webb Space Telescope’s Laser-Focused Sight

10.26.2017
About 1 million miles away from the nearest eye surgeon, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be able to perfect its own vision while in orbit.

Self-Portrait of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Marks Critical Test

10.19.2017
What appears to be a unique selfie opportunity was actually a critical photo for the cryogenic testing of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A?

10.18.2017
Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing.

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

10.16.2017
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the Big Bang: A Short Q&A with Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather

10.11.2017
In this Q&A, Dr. John Mather, a Nobel laureate and the senior project scientist for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, answers some commonly asked questions about this expanding universe story, and about Webb’s role in understanding the early history of the universe.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

10.04.2017
Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to study sections of the sky previously observed by NASA’s Great Observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, to understand the creation of the universe’s first galaxies and stars.

Hubble Is Paving Scientific Paths for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

10.02.2017
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is helping identify potential celestial targets for the James Webb Space Telescope through a series of preparatory science observations to be completed before Webb is ready to make observations of its own.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to be Launched Spring 2019

09.28.2017
The launch date was moved after the team reassessed the schedule following testing.

Engineers Warm NASA’s Webb Telescope as End of Cryogenic Testing Nears

09.27.2017
The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has begun to rise, signaling the beginning of the end of James Webb Space Telescope’s cryogenic testing.

Aligning the Primary Mirror Segments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with Light

09.19.2017
Engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston used light waves to align the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror segments to each other, so they act like a single, monolithic mirror in the cryogenic cold of the center’s iconic Chamber A.

Keeping NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in the Dark

09.12.2017
Technicians working on JWST ensure no unwanted infrared light interferes with the optical testing of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope inside of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Astronomers Around World Submit Science Proposals for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

09.05.2017
NASA's call for proposals for the James Webb telescope garnered 106 proposals from 38 countries.
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