James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Telescope Arrives at Destination in Space: Updates and Video

After traveling nearly one million miles, the James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its new home on Monday. The spacecraft’s arrival checks off another tricky step as scientists on Earth prepare to spend at least a decade using the observatory to study distant light from the beginning of time. The telescope launched to space on […]

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A Divided World United to Launch the James Webb Space Telescope

America was a nation divided, but that did not stop it from building parts of the James Webb Space Telescope in a red state and testing them in a blue one. The European Union and Russia were facing off over Ukraine and other issues this year, but scientists from both sides will benefit greatly from […]

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How to Watch the James Webb Space Telescope Launch

If you wake up early enough on Saturday, you’ll be greeted with a spectacle of science and engineering: the launch to orbit of the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and Canada’s space agency, and will be the most powerful observatory ever sent into space. […]

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How NASA’s Webb Telescope Overcame Loose Screws, Budgets and Clamps

NASA’s next flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, is gearing up for its launch to space on Saturday morning — finally. The Webb telescope is the biggest observatory built for launch into space. Its 18 gold-plated mirrors make for a system that is far more sensitive than the Hubble Space Telescope, which it will […]

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James Webb Space Telescope Launch Is Making Astronomers Very Anxious

What do astronomers eat for breakfast on the day that their $10 billion telescope launches into space? Their fingernails. “You work for years and it all goes up in a puff of smoke,” said Marcia Rieke of the University of Arizona. Dr. Rieke admits her fingers will be crossed on the morning of Dec. 24 […]

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