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  • 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 […]

  • Busy times ahead for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

    Steve ShurtleffJanuary 3rd, 2015

    Development of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST ) is progressing as NASA scientists, technicians, and engineers retrofit Chamber A, a thermal vacuum chamber, which was originally used to test manned spacecraft is now being tasked in the production of this new space-based observatory. Once the modifications are complete, Chamber A will be called into service to test […]

  • JWST facing increased schedule risk with significant work remaining

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 18th, 2014

    With just under 4 years until its planned launch in October 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project reports it remains on schedule and budget. However, technical challenges with JWST elements and major subsystems, have diminished the project’s overall schedule reserve and increased risk, says a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

  • Engineers Conduct Low Light Test on New Technology for James Webb Space Telescope

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 4th, 2014

    NASA engineers have recently inspected a new piece of technology developed for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Micro-Shutter Array (MSA), with a low light test at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Developed at Goddard to allow Webb’s Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) to obtain spectra of more than 100 objects in […]

  • James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield unfurled according to plan

    David DarlingAugust 26th, 2014

    The most visually-striking element of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), currently scheduled for launch in four years time, is a giant sunshade, designed to protect the spacecraft’s sensitive science instruments from the Sun’s glare. Shown in this story’s featured image, this vital component is shown during the first complete test of its deployment in a clean […]

  • Vital testing completed on primary structure of James Webb Space Telescope

    James TuttenJuly 9th, 2014

    Developmental progress continues on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with the successful completion of static testing on its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS). This backplane will serve as the backbone of the observatory and is critical to the image gathering abilities of this highly-anticipated successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • Hubble Team Unveils Most Colorful View of Universe Yet

    NASAJune 5th, 2014

    Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, provides the missing link in star formation. The Hubble […]

  • New technique could Help find exomoons orbiting distant planets

    Paul Scott AndersonMay 14th, 2014

    Exoplanets orbiting distant stars are now being discovered in the thousands, with a new discovery made almost every week now. But what about exomoons? In our own solar system, moons far outnumber planets, so it should be considered likely that many of those other planets out there would also have moons. The problem is size; […]

  • Kepler Space Telescope discovers Earth-sized Planet in star’s habitable zone

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2014

    Today, astronomers working with the Kepler space telescope announced the discovery of the first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of its host star. A star’s habitable zone is the area around a star where the conditions would be ideal for liquid water to pool on the planet’s surface. Many factors contribute to a planet’s […]

  • James Webb Space Telescope’s woes continue

    Josh TallisMarch 31st, 2014

    Within weeks after launch it was clear something had gone drastically wrong with the Hubble Space Telescope. While the issue, a slightly misshapen mirror, was quickly identified as the culprit, it would take another three years before another shuttle mission as sent to finally adjust the error on orbit. Engineers at NASA constructing Hubble’s replacement are […]

  • James Webb Space Telescope’s Near Infrared Spectrograph installed

    NASAMarch 27th, 2014

    In March 2014, the James Webb Space Telescope’s flight Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) was installed into the instrument module. NIRSpec joins the flight Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) Fine Guidance Sensor/ Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (FGS/NIRISS) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) which are already integrated into the ISIM, making the instrument module complete.

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • NASA Administrator Bolden, Sen. Mikulski review James Webb Space Telescope progress

    Jason RhianFebruary 4th, 2014

    The James Webb Space Telescope played host to some special guests on Monday, Feb. 3. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden along with Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski congratulated engineers working on the space telescope, for delivering all of the telescope’s flight instruments and primary mirrors to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center located in Greenbelt, Maryland.

  • NASA-Sponsored ‘Disk Detective’ Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

    Press ReleaseFebruary 3rd, 2014

    NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website,