James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb space telescope’s next moves require mind-boggling precision

James Webb space telescope’s next moves require mind-boggling precision

The James Webb Space Telescope, the next-generation telescope which will be the successor to Hubble, recently arrived at its new home. It will orbit the sun at a point called L2, or the second sun-Earth Lagrange point, from where it will be able to peer out into space and cover the sky in every direction as it moves around the sun.

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The James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home

The James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home

The James Webb Space Telescope has completed its million-mile journey through space and has safely reached its new home orbiting the sun. The next generation observatory, launched on Christmas day last year, successfully performed an orbital insertion maneuver today to enter orbit at the second sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2.

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NASA’s Webb telescope has begun unfolding its audacious gold-plated mirror

NASA’s Webb telescope has begun unfolding its audacious gold-plated mirror

The launch of the world's most powerful space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, was just the beginning of this space-based observatory. Having left Earth's atmosphere and traveled over 250,000 miles away from our planet, it is now more than 70% of its way to its final orbit around the sun (via NASA).

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NASA left a camera off the Webb Space Telescope: Here’s why

NASA left a camera off the Webb Space Telescope: Here’s why

After years of setbacks and delays, NASA finally launched the James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day 2020, ushering in a new era of space observation. The observatory is still making its way through the initial stages of its mission, a process that includes everything from deploying its high-gain antenna and other systems to kicking off its orbital injection burn.

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Webb’s telescope only just launched, but it’s already surpassing expectations

Webb’s telescope only just launched, but it’s already surpassing expectations

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) had a delayed launch, but it seems that all that extra work was not in vain. According to NASA, the launch went so well that as a result, the expected lifespan of the telescope just went up. Thanks to excess fuel, NASA now predicts that JWST may significantly surpass its initial science lifetime.

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What NASA’s 10 billion dollar space telescope is hoping to find

What NASA’s 10 billion dollar space telescope is hoping to find

The James Webb Space Telescope, recently launched by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, is an incredible piece of kit. According to NASA, its origami-style construction includes a mirror which consists of 18 segments made of ultra-lightweight beryllium. It has a huge sunshield the size of a tennis court which consists of five layers to keep the telescope safe from the intense heat of the sun. And it is armed with four instruments, both cameras and spectrometers, which are super sensitive and can pick up the faintest of signals from space. They work in the infrared wavelength, allowing the telescope to peer through clouds of dust which would obscure its view if it looked in the visible light wavelength.

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Track NASA’s Webb Space Telescope in Real-Time

Track NASA’s Webb Space Telescope in Real-Time

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) finally launched on December 25 after a slow gestation process that began way back in 1996. While the launch was a complete success, there are many more phases of the telescope's journey and deployment that remain incomplete and that need to go off without a hitch before NASA, its cooperating space agencies and the wider scientific community and public can breathe a sigh of relief. Thankfully, with the wonders of modern technology, NASA has made it possible for anyone who is keen to see the mission succeed follow as the adventure of the JWST unfolds, quite literally, in real-time.

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You can’t watch NASA’s Webb Space Telescope mission trailer and not get excited

You can’t watch NASA’s Webb Space Telescope mission trailer and not get excited

NASA has released a trailer for the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a new space-based observatory that will be the most powerful space telescope in the world. Set for launch on Christmas day, James Webb will be the successor to the beloved Hubble Space Telescope and will allow astronomers to look further out into the darkness of space than ever before.

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James Webb Space Telescope delayed again: New NASA launch plan

James Webb Space Telescope delayed again: New NASA launch plan

In late November, NASA published a brief update on the James Webb Space Telescope, revealing that its launch had been delayed a few days after an incident potentially compromised some of its components. Now, nearly one month later, the space agency is back with another update, and though it isn't the best news, the launch may still happen in the near future.

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Hubble Space Telescope back in action: A brief tale of recovery

Hubble Space Telescope back in action: A brief tale of recovery

The aging Hubble Space Telescope has had a rough year, with two major instances of the telescope being unable to conduct science operations. NASA confirmed this week that Hubble has returned to full science operations with all four active instruments collecting science data. The orbiting observatory went into safe mode when instruments recorded synchronization message issues.

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NASA’s James Webb telescope delayed again, this time over an ‘incident’

NASA’s James Webb telescope delayed again, this time over an ‘incident’

The James Webb Space Telescope's launch has been delayed yet again, but only for a few days this time around. The reason, according to NASA, is an 'incident' that happened while technicians were attaching the space telescope to its launch vehicle adapter. The space agency says additional testing is necessary before the telescope is ready for launch.

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NASA outlines the path to launch for the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA outlines the path to launch for the James Webb Space Telescope

One of the most exciting missions that NASA has launched in recent memory is the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope is finished and has been transported to its launch location in French Guiana. The telescope made the arduous trek by water and is currently scheduled to launch later this year.

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