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The Truth About Hubble, JWST, and False Color

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • September 13, 2016
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I get a lot of questions asking why the James Webb Space Telescope is infrared, and how its images can hope to compare to the (primarily) optical Hubble Space Telescope. Why would NASA build something that isn’t going to capture beautiful images exactly like Hubble does? The short answer to … Continue Reading →


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Bringing History into Focus: Inside A Moment with a NASA Photographer and Video Producer

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • August 29, 2016
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Today we have a special guest blog written by Laura Betz about two of our talented co-workers – I’ll let Laura introduce herself! – Maggie I’m Laura Betz, and I work on the James Webb Space Telescope with Maggie Masetti, one of your regular Blueshift bloggers. Part of my job … Continue Reading →


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The James Webb Space Telescope and the Big Bang: A Q&A with Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • June 29, 2016
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As the person at the other end of the James Webb Space Telescope social media, I answer a lot of questions. One big area of interest is always the Big Bang. And that’s for obvious reasons – there’s a definite fascination with the universe’s beginnings. We want to know where … Continue Reading →


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Sweet Update on the James Webb Space Telescope

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • April 21, 2016
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We gave you all an update on the progress of the James Webb Space Telescope mirror assembly not long ago. But there have also been exciting updates on JWST’s flight instruments as well. They just haven’t been as easily visible, because the excitement was happening deep in belly of NASA … Continue Reading →


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Mirror, Mirror

When last I updated, the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror was under construction here at NASA Goddard. I believe we were on mirror segment number five. I’m very pleased to say that the primary mirror assembly was officially completed on February 3, 2016! Here are a few more photos … Continue Reading →


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A Conversation with John Mather

You might recall our recent interns from Germany, Daniela and Verena, who guest blogged for us a few times. They did some interviews with people working on the James Webb Space Telescope while they were here and we thought we would share this one with Nobel Laureate and James Webb … Continue Reading →


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Assembling a Space Mirror

I have been remiss in not blogging about this sooner – but it’s been incredibly busy around here at “JWST Central.” That is to say, we’ve been hard at work, here at NASA Goddard putting together the actual James Webb Space Telescope. Back in August, we had the giant telescope … Continue Reading →


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SpaceCrafts: Making a James Webb Space Telescope Costume

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • November 12, 2015
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Note: A childhood friend of mine came for a visit this summer with her science-obsessed seven-year-old, Oren. He was so taken with what he saw that he wanted a James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) costume for Halloween. They did such a nice job with it (and the accompanying Ariane 5 … Continue Reading →


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Jasmin’s Intern Blog: Day 4

  • By Jasmin Evans
  • November 3, 2015
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Jasmin shadowed Sara and Maggie for a week in July, learning about outreach, education, and communication at NASA. She wrote blogs about her experience here and we thought you’d all enjoy seeing our world through her eyes. You can find her first blog here, and Day 2 and Day 3 … Continue Reading →


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The Chamber of Secrets

Ok, this chamber isn’t really a secret, though maybe you didn’t know it existed? Here are a few clues as to its idenity. It is absolutely enormous. It was used during the Apollo era… and a Transformers ™ movie… Image Credit: NASA/JSC Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz & Bill Stafford. … … Continue Reading →


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