From Jupiter to the Universe: First Science Targets Chosen For James Webb Space Telescope

Artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope in space. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may not be launching until 2019, but the first targets for the powerful new observatory have already been chosen, including Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe. JWST […]

Webb Launch Slips to 2019 for Integration and Testing Delays at Northrop Grumman

Engineers conducting a white light inspection of the James Webb Space Telescope. Photo NASA/Chris Gunn

The launch of NASA’s multi-billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has slipped from October 2018 to sometime between March and June 2019, following a recently conducted schedule assessment by NASA which determined integration and testing of the spacecraft’s […]

A New Look at 'Ocean Worlds': James Webb Space Telescope Will Target Europa and Enceladus

An example of possible spectroscopy results from one of Europa’s water vapor plumes. Image Credit: NASA-GSFC/SVS/Hubble Space Telescope/Stefanie Milam/Geronimo Villanueva

NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be used to study two of the most fascinating moons in our Solar System – Europa and Enceladus, also known as “ocean worlds” since both have […]

Webb Telescope's Critical Protective Sunshield Now Fully Installed

“Imagine you are the telescope”, note the engineers standing where the telescope will within its protective 5-layer sunshield. Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman

A piece of hardware critical to the success of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) by preventing background heat from the Sun, Earth and Moon from interfering with the telescope’s sensitive infrared […]

Schedule Conflict May Delay Launch of James Webb Space Telescope to 2019

Arianespace Ariane 5 French Guiana ESA Ariane 5 rocket GSAT 1 image credit Arianespace posted on AmericaSpace

The massive Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, seen here in action, is contracted to launch the James Webb Space Telescope from ESA’s launch site in French Guiana. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

A time-sensitive mission to explore the planet Mercury, already delayed several times, may force the European […]

Webb Enters Giant Test Chamber for 3 Month Final Deep-Freeze Before Launch Next Year

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The telescope was moved into the chamber on June 20, where it will spend the summer undergoing 93 days of tests at sub-freezing cryogenic temperatures. The telescope will operate […]

James Webb Space Telescope Arrives at Johnson Space Center for Cryogenic Testing

The giant 18-piece mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope, inside the cleanroom at Johnson Space Center. Photo Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

Often referred to as the successor for Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the most highly anticipated space telescopes ever built. A large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary […]

To Extrapolate Human Perception: Imaging the Solar System in 3-D With Hubble & Webb

A breathtaking Hubble image of Saturn in ultraviolet light, showing the planet’s southern hemisphere and the southern face of its rings. A new study has proposed utilising the observing capabilities of Hubble together with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, for capturing stereoscopic 3-D images of planets in the Solar System. Image Credit: NASA/ESA […]

NASA Engineers Complete First 'Center of Curvature' Test on James Webb Space Telescope

Engineers conducting a white light inspection of the James Webb Space Telescope, currently located in the clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Photo Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has completed another significant milestone toward becoming the most powerful space telescope ever built: the finished primary […]

The Next Big Thing: NASA Officially Gives the Go-Ahead for WFIRST Telescope—An Interview With Dr. Neil Gehrels

An artist’s concept of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). NASA has officially chosen the infrared-space telescope as the scientific successor to the James Webb Space Telescope, with a projected launch date around the 2024 timeframe. WFIRST is expected to make significant contributions in the study of dark energy and the characterisation of […]