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News Archive / Tagged: Johnson Space Center

  • Nick Hague set to become first member of 2013 astronaut class to fly

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2018

    One of the 2013 class of astronauts is preparing himself for his flight into space. When Nick Hague takes to the skies in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft later this year, he will become the first of his class to fly.

  • Mark Geyer named director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2018

    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is getting a new director: Mark Geyer. He will be succeeding the current director, Ellen Ochoa, when she retires on May 25, 2018, after a 30-year career at the U.S. space agency.

  • 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.

  • Mars hydrothermal deposits hint at habitable conditions

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 21st, 2017

    A recent report in Nature Communications indicates that ancient Mars may have had deep sea-floor hydrothermal activity. Hydrothermal deposits on Earth are associated with the earliest signs of life and habitable environments today. Their detection on Mars has implications for the possibility of ancient life on the Red Planet.

  • 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.

  • Johnson Space Center closed through Labor Day to evaluate safety after Harvey

    Derek RichardsonAugust 30th, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has prompted NASA to cancel an in-flight question and answer session with Expedition 52 astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is currently aboard the International Space Station. Additionally, the Johnson Space Center will remained closed until Sept. 5, 2017, to all but mission mission-essential personnel while officials evaluate the safety of the center.

  • NanoRacks airlock moving toward 2019 installation on the ISS

    Jim SiegelJuly 21st, 2017

    Five months ago, NanoRacks LLC announced it would partner with Boeing to build the first private airlock for the International Space Station. That initiative is progressing and recently achieved a design milestone with the successful test of a NASA-built, full-scale mockup at the Johnson Space Center in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

  • 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.

  • VP Mike Pence welcomes NASA’s 12 new astronaut candidates

    Bart LeahyJune 8th, 2017

    HOUSTON — With Vice President Mike Pence on hand and providing comments during the ceremony, NASA announced the 2017 class of astronauts. The agency selected 12 individuals out of more than 18,000 applicants.

  • 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.

  • New NASA astronaut class to be announced June 7

    Bart LeahyMay 31st, 2017

    After fielding more than 18,300 applications between December 2015 and February 2016, NASA is ready to announce its astronaut class for 2017. Out of that record-breaking number, a bare 8–14 people will be selected to be part of the agency’s next human spaceflight missions. The space agency will make the announcement at 2 p.m. EDT (18:00 GMT) on June 7, 2017.

  • 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.

  • Expedition 53/54 crew provides details about their upcoming mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 11th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, along with their Russian crewmate Alexander Misurkin, detailed their future flight to members of the press on Wednesday, May 10. The trio of Expedition 53/54 crew members discussed the logistics and science that will be required during their flight to the ISS.

  • Insider Exclusive: Space Center Houston inspiring new generation of explorers

    Jason RhianFebruary 26th, 2017

    HOUSTON — With smartphones, the internet, and an array of ever-sophisticated electronic toys, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to hold the attention of the public. Space Center Houston is working to counter these distracting influences with an array of exhibits and interactive activities as well as a fleet of vehicles that helped make space travel a reality.