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  • Two halves of James Webb Space Telescope come together for testing in California

    Curt GodwinFebruary 6th, 2018

    After years of development, and having undertaken rounds of discrete testing, the two major components of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have arrived in California for fully-integrated testing. The flagship mission is referred to as the scientific successor to the stalwart Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and is set to launch on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket in the Spring of 2019 from Kourou, French Guiana.

  • James Webb Space Telescope comes in from the cold after final cryogenic test

    Curt GodwinNovember 27th, 2017

    Personnel at NASA's Johnson Space Center have recently concluded the final round of cryogenic testing for the agency's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The JWST was subjected to temperatures nearing -387 degrees Fahrenheit (-233 degrees Celsius / 40 kelvins) for nearly 100 days to ensure the operation of the JWST's instruments in space-like conditions.

  • First science targets of NASA’s Webb telescope announced

    Jim SharkeyNovember 23rd, 2017

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled to launch in spring 2019. The space agency recently announced the early release observing programs that will be completed within the first five months of Webb's science operations.

  • NASA reschedules launch of Webb Telescope for spring 2019

    Jim SharkeySeptember 30th, 2017

    The launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been rescheduled to occur sometime between March and June 2019 from French Guiana. The delay follows a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities that need to occur prior to launch. The JWST was previously scheduled to launch in October 2018.

  • James Webb Space Telescope may be delayed again

    Joe LatrellAugust 5th, 2017

    The much delayed and over budget next-generation James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has suffered another setback prior to its journey to the launch pad: the October 2018 launch may be in conflict with Europe's BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

  • Webb telescope to spend summer chilling in Houston

    Jim SharkeyJuly 13th, 2017

    While Houston, Texas, may be sweltering in 95-degree Fahrenheit (35 °C) heat this week, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will soon be chilling in a vibration-insolation "hammock", hanging from the ceiling of Chamber A – an enormous thermal vacuum testing facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

  • Webb project scientist speaks at NSCFC luncheon

    Michael McCabeJuly 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Tuesday, July 11, the National Space Club Florida Committee held its monthly luncheon at the Radisson Resort in Port Canaveral. Each month members of the group meet and invite a keynote invitee to showcase a certain aspect or particular project in the aerospace industry.

  • Eyes on: Watching NASA Work on the JWST with ‘Webb-cam’

    Larry KlaesJune 5th, 2017

    NASA has continued its very popular "Webb-cam" monitoring of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with a special Webb camera installed in NASA's Johnson Space Center clean room in front of the massive thermal vacuum testing chamber known as Chamber A.

  • James Webb Space Telescope unveiled at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Nathan MoellerMay 31st, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA officials highlighted the work being done on the agency's next generation space-based observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, on Wednesday, May 31. The event was held to mark the beginning of a series of tests that precede the telescope's launch to space.

  • James Webb Space Telescope prepares for deep freeze

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 15th, 2017

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continued its long and meandering journey to space with a stop in Houston, Texas. The telescope has been moved to Johnson Space Center so it can undergo the last cryogenic test before the massive observatory is launched into space in 2018.

  • NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope completes testing at Goddard

    Jim SharkeyMay 5th, 2017

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully completed the center of curvature test, a crucial optical measurement of the telescope's primary mirror prior to cryogenic testing, and the final test at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

  • James Webb Space Telescope will search TRAPPIST-1 planets for signs of life

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 3rd, 2017

    The seven Earth-sized planets discovered last month orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1 will be ideal targets for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch next year, to probe in a search for signs of life.

  • Trump space advisors considering Hubble servicing mission

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump administration advisers are considering a public-private crewed mission aboard the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft to keep the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operational. The proposed mission, which would not happen before 2019, would require support from the next NASA administrator.

  • ‘Anomalous readings’ detected during James Webb Space Telescope tests

    Scott JohnsonDecember 19th, 2016

    Earlier this month, on Dec. 3, accelerometers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) detected "anomalous readings" in a portion of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). These "readings" took place during vibration tests being conducted to simulate anticipated launch conditions.

  • James Webb Space Telescope nears completion

    Scott JohnsonNovember 7th, 2016

    GREENBELT, Md. — On Nov. 2, NASA celebrated the completion of the OTIS (Optical Telescope, plus Integrated Science instrument module) portion of the James Webb Space Telescope during a "Golden Mirrors" media event in Building 29 at Goddard Space Flight Center. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand for the event.