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James Webb Space Telescope
Hit by 'Unavoidable
Jun 10, 2022 5:00 PM CDT
Space Telescope Hit by 'Unavoidable Chance Event'
NASA says it's still performing above expectations after micrometeoroid strike
- The massive mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope has been hit by what NASA calls an "unavoidable chance event"—a strike from a piece of space debris larger than they expected. NASA says one of the mirror's segments was hit by a micrometeoroid, which it defines...
Scientists Baffled by
Neptune's Temperature Swings
Apr 12, 2022 10:55 AM CDT
Scientists Baffled by Neptune's Temperature Swings
Temps should be 'slowly growing warmer, not colder' amid southern summer
- Neptune's southern hemisphere has spent the last 17 years in its summer season, yet global temperatures have plummeted. It's a head-scratching finding that leaves astronomers with more questions than answers. "Since we have been observing Neptune during its early southern summer, we would expect temperatures to be...
Evidence of Alien Life Might
Emerge in a Cloud of Methane
Apr 2, 2022 8:15 AM CDT
Evidence of Alien Life Might Emerge in a Cloud of Methane
The trick will be ruling out nonbiological explanations
- Methane—a key ingredient in delightful things like swamp gas, flatulence, and fossil-fuel emissions —could also prove to be a key biosignature, i.e., evidence of extraterrestrial life. Thus, the gas is top-of-mind for scientists preparing to receive an influx of data from the James Webb Space Telescope. According...
$10B Space Telescope
Is Beating Expectations
Mar 16, 2022 3:31 PM CDT
$10B Space Telescope Is Beating Expectations
'We are excited about what this means for science'
- "All of the sleepless nights I've had and the worries I've had, they're all behind us now," NASA associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said after tests confirmed that the James Webb Space Telescope is performing even better than expected. Engineers say the "fine phasing" process,...
For NASA's Space Telescope,
'a Real Wow Moment'
Feb 12, 2022 5:30 AM CST
For NASA's Space Telescope, 'a Real Wow Moment'
James Webb Space Telescope captures its first starlight, plus a selfie
- NASA's new space telescope has captured its first starlight and even taken a selfie of its giant gold mirror. All 18 segments of the primary mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope seem to be working properly one and a half months into the mission, officials said Friday, per...
'We’re One Step Closer
to Uncovering the
Mysteries of the Universe'
Jan 24, 2022 6:09 PM CST
'We’re One Step Closer to Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe'
James Webb Space Telescope reaches final orbit
- "We're one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe," a jubilant NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Monday after the James Webb Space Telescope reached its final orbit. "And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!...
Most Powerful Telescope
in the World Lifts Off
Dec 25, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Most Powerful Telescope in the World Lifts Off
The James Webb Space Telescope, successor to the Hubble, launches aboard rocket
The world's most powerful telescope is on its way to the cosmos. A rocket lifted off Saturday morning with the James Webb Space Telescope, reports the AP . NASA is collaborating with the European and Canadian space agencies on the telescope, and the launch took place from French Guiana....
Millions of Years
After Big Bang,
a 'Cosmic Dawn'
Jun 25, 2021 12:43 PM CDT
Millions of Years After Big Bang, a 'Cosmic Dawn'
Astronomers say they've figured out when first stars began shining
- For his entire working life, Richard Ellis has been obsessed with finding out when the universe's first stars began shining. Now, in a new study published in the
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
journal, Ellis and his team at University College London say they've pinpointed the...
Makes Hubble Go Dark
Jun 22, 2021 9:12 AM CDT
Computer Glitch Makes Hubble Go Dark
NASA is struggling to reboot the 'brain' of the telescope
- The famed Hubble telescope is still kicking after more than three decades in space, but it's been dark for more than a week now because of a computer glitch. NASA has tried and failed to reboot the telescope's payload computer since it crashed on June 13, reports Live...
NASA Reveals Superpowered Telescope
May 11, 2007 4:38 PM CDT
NASA Reveals Superpowered Telescope
Giant camera will replace Hubble, see across universe
- NASA has uncovered a prototype for a new telescope that will outmagnify the dominant Hubble. The James Webb Space Telescope will cost $4.5 billion and float nearly a million miles from Earth when it launches in six years; its supercharged hexagonal mirror will transmit images of the farthest and...
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