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Oren and his brother

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 →


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 →


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 →

MAC Panels

Protecting Test Hardware to Protect Flight Hardware

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • July 15, 2015
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The title may seem a little circular, but this is not a story that often gets told – that is, we have to keep our test hardware clean to keep our flight hardware clean. To that end, a new NASA Goddard tech is being tested out in NASA Johnson’s giant … Continue Reading →

Pluto, July 8


We are finally going to get to see what Pluto looks like, thanks to the New Horizons mission, which is set for a closest approach on July 14. It’s amazing to me that as much as we know about the solar system (and indeed the Universe) that we have not … Continue Reading →


JWST’s Pathfinder On the Move

2014 held a lot of excitement for NASA Goddard’s cleanroom. We had a huge piece of James Webb Space Telescope hardware there – which made giving talks and tours about the telescope really fun. Especially since it was really impressive looking! This piece of hardware I’m talking about is the … Continue Reading →

Clouds on GJ 1214b, Credit: NASA/ESA

Weather or not…

Recently I got a question about the James Webb Space Telescope and weather on exoplanets and how we know what type of weather is occurring. Essentially, do we take pictures of these planets and then interpret the weather from them? The answer is – not exactly. Aside from the fact … Continue Reading →


Space Cakes – James Webb Space Telescope edition…

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • December 19, 2014
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We’ve somehow managed to post about a variety of astronomical and satellite-oriented cakes on this blog. There was Swift’s 10th birthday, and Fermi’s 5th birthday – and then I stumbled across these photos from 2012 of a James Webb Space Telescope cake and had to share. This cake was made … Continue Reading →

SES in the 1960s

The Space Environment Simulator

One of the coolest (literally!) facilities at NASA Goddard is the Space Environment Simulator (SES). It’s a massive thermal vacuum chamber, which is used to expose spacecraft and their components to environmental conditions like those they will experience in space. Image Credit: Maggie Masetti From this page on unique Goddard … Continue Reading →

Titan's Atmosphere

The “Air” Up There

When NASA Goddard scientists Martin Cordiner and Conor Nixon took a look at the chemical make-up of the atmosphere of Titan using a millimeter wave telescope, what they found was surprising. Cordiner led an international team in a study of Saturn’s moon using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a … Continue Reading →

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