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Instrumental Milestone

An Instrumental Milestone

Recently the James Webb Space Telescope mission hit another milestone. Not only are all four flight instruments here at NASA Goddard, but they were integrated into the structure that will hold them on the spacecraft – and they were just put into the giant vacuum chamber for a months long … Continue Reading →


A Secondary Space Mirror

A Secondary Space Mirror

One of the cool things about the James Webb Space Telescope’s design is the giant boom that sticks out in front of the telescope. This structure is what holds the telescope’s secondary mirror. It’s the “small” round gold thing, visible in this artist’s conception. Credit: NASA Here’s what it looks … Continue Reading →


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NASA at SXSW 2014

It’s that time of year again – for the South by Southwest music, film, & tech festival in Austin, Texas. As you might recall from last year, we had the giant full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope and a huge tent full of information about the mission. Credit: … Continue Reading →


JWST in One Minute

James Webb Space Telescope 101… in one minute!

One of the things that was filmed during Coma Niddy’s visit last week was a special episode of his “SCI CODE” web series. He asked us if there was someone who could tell him the basics about the James Webb Space Telescope (no problem!)… in less than a minute (much … Continue Reading →


How do you get to Stockholm?

How do you get to Stockholm?

Nobel Laureate, and James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, John Mather gave an interesting talk (to a packed room) at NASA Goddard recently. It focused on where he grew up and how he got to where he is today. Did you know, for example, that a failed thesis project led … Continue Reading →


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Want to be a Beta-tester for NASA?

The James Webb Space Telescope public website is undergoing an update. We’ve incorporated some new widgets to allow the viewer to explore the content on the website right on the homepage. But we also want to see how easy it is to locate specific information from these widgets. We’re looking … Continue Reading →


JWST costume

SpaceCrafts: Build your own JWST costume!

For the past couple of years, we’ve run a Halloween costume contest – and we’ve seen some pretty amazing costumes! We also occasionally get a peek at costumes (in-progress and finished) on Twitter or Facebook… and when the Schoellner family tweeted a shot of their JWST costume, we knew we … Continue Reading →


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Why infrared? (exoplanet edition)

I’m not sure I’ve yet to meet a person who didn’t find the idea of planets around other stars fascinating. I’m no different. I grew up in an era where the only planets we knew about were the ones in our own solar system. When I went to college to … Continue Reading →


JWST engineering model

Special Guest Blog: Stunning Webb Model Transforms at NASA, Student Engineers Behind the Controls

We have a guest blogger today! Laura Betz, a writer for the James Webb Space Telescope, wrote this article for us about the student-built 1/6 scale engineering model of JWST that was recently demoed at NASA Goddard. There are some moments of my life that I will never forget. Watching … Continue Reading →


JWST Reddit AMA

Q&A with Women working on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

EDIT 10/18/13, Here is a transcript of the Reddit Q&A on JWST’s website. You can also read the original thread, which is posted below. EDIT 9/26/12, Here is the thread with the Q&A: http://www.reddit.com/r/TwoXChromosomes/comments/1n6r5d/qa_with_women_working_on_nasas_james_webb_space/ Ever wonder what the job experience is like for women working on NASA’s flagship astronomy mission? … Continue Reading →


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