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  • 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.

  • Final layer of sunshield completed for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

    Jim SharkeyNovember 2nd, 2016

    NASA recently announced the completion of the fifth and final sunshield layer responsible for protecting the instruments and optics of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The sunshield, designed by Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California, will prevent heat from the Sun from interfering with the telescope's infrared sensors.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: JWST – the once and future thing

    Mackenzie KaneSeptember 18th, 2016

    Conceived in 1989 by the Space Telescope Science Institute and backed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Next Generation Space Telescope, predecessor to the James Webb Space Telescope, was to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope. The journey that the JWST would take has been a long and winding one.

  • James Webb Space Telescope now fully equipped with science instruments

    Laurel KornfeldMay 29th, 2016

    A team of some two dozen NASA technicians and engineers have successfully installed the package of four science instruments that will accompany the James Webb Space Telescope.

  • Completion of primary mirror marks milestone for James Webb space telescope

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 11th, 2016

    The James Webb Space Telescope, dubbed the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and the most powerful space-based observatory ever constructed, reached a major milestone recently when its 18th and final primary mirror was installed on February 3.

  • James Webb Space Telescope mirror installation halfway complete

    Jim SharkeyDecember 31st, 2015

    NASA recently announced that the ninth flight mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been installed, marking the halfway completion point of the segmented primary mirror. Engineers working in the massive clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center used a robotic arm to place the mirror onto the telescope structure. The first of 18 mirror segments was installed in November.

  • Waiting for scientific breakthroughs: an interview with JWST project scientist Pierre Ferruit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 28th, 2015

    In an interview with Astrowatch.net, JWST Project Scientist Pierre Ferruit of the European Space Agency (ESA) talks of the telescope’s key role in future astronomy observations, describes the latest updates and explains how Europe contributes to the project.

  • First mirror installed on James Webb Space Telescope

    Jason RhianNovember 27th, 2015

    It has been a long time coming, but NASA has successfully installed the first mirror onto the agency's James Webb Space Telescope. The announcement the first of 18 flight mirrors was put into place was made via a release issued by NASA on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

  • Deploying wings and assembling mirrors: JWST takes shape at Goddard

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 20th, 2015

    NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is taking shape inside the cleanroom at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Recently, Goddard’s engineers successfully completed two deployments for the JWST’s side portions of the backplane structure that fold up, called “wings”. They also started installing the JWST’s primary flight mirrors.

  • James Webb Space Telescope passes another milestone

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 10th, 2015

    NASA’s JWST – what is described as a next-generation space observatory – is one step closer to launch. Northrop Grumman, the primary contractor for the development and integration of the telescope, has announced it has completed the manufacture and assembly of the spacecraft structure that will take JWST to its target destination – 1 million miles from Earth.

  • Orbital ATK ships fuel and oxidizer tanks for James Webb Space Telescope

    Jim SharkeySeptember 24th, 2015

    Orbital ATK announced on Tuesday that it has shipped the fuel and oxidizer tanks for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California, for integration into the spacecraft's propulsion system. The JWST, which is scheduled to be launched in 2018, will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

  • James Webb Space Telescope poised to take Hubble’s legacy farther

    Collin SkocikApril 29th, 2015

    As the Hubble Space Telescope marks its twenty-fifth anniversary, NASA is preparing an even more ambitious telescope to be launched in October of 2018—the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Where the Hubble has probed the most distant galaxies in the universe in visible light and ultraviolet, the JWST will study the cosmos in the infrared […]