BEAM Work, Space Gardening, Free-Flying Robots End Expediton 67 Crew’s Week on ISS

The Expedition 67 crew opened up BEAM, the International Space Station’s expandable module, today and conducted sensor checks and organized hardware. The orbital residents also continued their space botany and automated robotics research as well as ongoing cargo operations. NASA Flight Engineers Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines partnered together inside the BEAM module today for systems checks after six years attached to the station’s […]

Looking Ahead to Webb’s First Images

Looking ahead to Webb’s first images

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope will release its first full-colour images and spectroscopic data on 12 July 2022. As the largest and most complex observatory ever launched into space, Webb has been going through a six-month period of preparation before it can begin science work, calibrating its instruments to its space environment and aligning its […]

James Webb Telescope’s Coldest Instrument Reaches Operating Temperature

Webb Telescope’s Coldest Instrument Reaches Operating Temperature

With help from a cryocooler, the Mid-Infrared Instrument has dropped down to just a few degrees above the lowest temperature matter can reach and is ready for calibration. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will see the first galaxies to form after the big bang, but to do that its instruments first need to get cold – […]

Webb’s instruments: meet MIRI

Webb’s instruments: meet MIRI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNm-PrQmeQE&t=20s The James Webb Space Telescope will explore the infrared Universe. It will use four cutting-edge instruments, including the Mid-InfraRed Instrument. MIRI is one of Europe’s contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope. MIRI supports all of Webb’s science goals. It will image the Universe, study planets around our own and other stars and investigate stars and galaxies […]

NASA’s Webb Reaches Alignment Milestone, Optics Working Successfully

NASA’s Webb Reaches Alignment Milestone, Optics Working Successfully

Following the completion of critical mirror alignment steps, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team expects that Webb’s optical performance will be able to meet or exceed the science goals the observatory was built to achieve. On March 11, the Webb team completed the stage of alignment known as “fine phasing.” At this key stage in […]

NASA Growing Extraterrestrial Goodness

NASA Growing Extraterrestrial Goodness

Image: CSA https://vimeo.com/675019710 It’s time for a fuel upgrade at NASA! But we’re not talking about rocket fuel… In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA is asking the public to help create sustainable food production technology that can be done with few resources and minimal waste. Because food loses its nutritional value over time, […]

Photons Received: Webb Sees Its First Star – 18 Times

Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2

Adapted from NASA Blogs.  Author: Alise Fisher The James Webb Space Telescope is nearing completion of the first phase of the months-long process of aligning the observatory’s primary mirror using the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument. The team’s challenge was twofold: confirm that NIRCam was ready to collect light from celestial objects, and then identify starlight from the […]

Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2

Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2

Today, at 2 p.m. EST, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its onboard thrusters for nearly five minutes (297 seconds) to complete the final postlaunch course correction to Webb’s trajectory. This mid-course correction burn inserted Webb toward its final orbit around the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2, nearly 1 million miles away from the Earth. The […]

James Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

James Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

Above — An artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope in space shows all its major elements fully deployed. The telescope was folded to fit into its launch vehicle and then was slowly unfolded over the course of two weeks after launch. Credits: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team fully […]