Profile

Cover photo
James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
2,799 followers|1,718,540 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

 
A ‪#‎MirrorSeason‬ scoreboard update - ‪#‎JWST‬ primary mirror segment #16 is installed and #17 is well underway! Not too many more segments to go! As always, you can check out the action on our webcam: http://jwst.nasa.gov/webcam.html

Our whole team, from those working with our instruments, to those working with our mirrors, has been so dedicated throughout our bad weather conditions. We appreciate the long hours they have been putting into building this telescope, especially while the Center is closed down.
43
11
J iMCoDe's profile photoIgor Cvelbar's profile photoWim De Meester's profile photoLuis Meza's profile photo
 
Can't wait to see what it finds. NASA claims that it's going to be to Hubble as Hubble was to ground telescopes. 
Add a comment...
 
We are proud to again be a part of a NASA #STEM tech spinoff challenge for students grades 3-12. We have been a part of this challenge since 2010. This year's challenge has a new name (OPSPARC) but you'll find the same great educational content. As in the past, the high school aged students will have the chance to use a 3D virtual world to learn about #JWST and design a related spinoff technology. Read all about the challenge and register here: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/opsparc-2016-nasa-and-transformers-team-up-for-2016-spinoff-challenge

You can read about last year (and other previous challenges) here: http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/realworld.html
16
5
Андрей Рогачёв's profile photoErin Majerowicz's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
Read more about the dozen mirrors now officially installed on ‪#‎JWST‬! ‪#‎MirrorSeason‬

Full story: http://go.nasa.gov/1PMfbpO

Since December 2015, the team of scientists and engineers have been working tirelessly to install all the primary mirror segments onto the telescope structure in the large clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The twelfth mirror was installed on January 2, 2016.

"This milestone signifies that all of the hexagonal shaped mirrors on the fixed central section of the telescope structure are installed and only the 3 mirrors on each wing are left for installation," said Lee Feinberg, NASA's Optical Telescope Element Manager at NASA Goddard. "The incredibly skilled and dedicated team assembling the telescope continues to find ways to do things faster and more efficiently."

Image credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
46
15
Chris Jordan's profile photoTim Baker's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
 The instruments that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope not only have to be tough enough to survive in the cold of space, but they also have to work properly in the electromagnetic environment on the spacecraft, so they're tested for both. Recently, they passed a test for the latter in a very unique room.

"This test is important because when the James Webb Space Telescope is operating in space and identifying distant galaxies and other astronomical objects, we will have confidence that these are indeed real objects and not blips caused by electromagnetic interference," said Goddard Chief EMC Engineer John McCloskey.

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/testing-the-james-webb-space-telescope-with-radio-waves

Image credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
38
7
Wim De Meester's profile photoWahyu Yon's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
As of last night - mirror #12 is officially installed, and the center section of the mirror complete! Next up, are the wings!
69
31
Samantha Pearl's profile photoGIUSEPPE MANTERO's profile photoJean-Charles Giardina's profile photoCafé Radioativo's profile photo
5 comments
 
Lindo. +1
Add a comment...
In their circles
6 people
Have them in circles
2,799 people
jovanni thunder's profile photo
Michael Hall's profile photo
Slawomir Madej's profile photo
Alexis Gomez's profile photo
Don Warner's profile photo
Addison Denenberg's profile photo
NASA KETI's profile photo
Peter Schaab's profile photo
Юрий Шкуратов - кафедра астрономии ХНУ Каразина's profile photo
 
The moment we've been waiting for is here! The James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror is officially assembled! Read all the details here: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-james-webb-space-telescope-primary-mirror-fully-assembled/

Here are two brand new photos and... our final primary mirror scoreboard update!

Congrats to the whole team for all their hard work!

Photos credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
Scoreboard credit: NASA
71
17
Kam-Yung Soh's profile photoSachintha Lakmin's profile photoWim De Meester's profile photoWahyu Yon's profile photo
 
Congratulations, +James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)​ 🔭
Add a comment...
 
Here is our latest feature on the robotic arm (also called the Primary Mirror Alignment and Integration Fixture or PAIF) that is being used to assemble #JWST's mirror. #MirrorSeason

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-webb-telescope-mirrors-installed-with-robotic-arm-precision

Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
The James Webb Space Telescope must be pieced together from segments using a high-precision robotic arm.
26
5
Wahyu Yon's profile photoAirNDS Channel's profile photoSamantha Pearl's profile photoАндрей Рогачёв's profile photo
2 comments
 
cool stuff

Add a comment...
 
The James Webb Space Telescope's 15th mirror primary mirror segment is officially installed! Here's an update to our ‪#‎MirrorSeason‬ scoreboard.

You can see #16 resting in its place on the telescope structure - they are mid-installation. http://jwst.nasa.gov/webcam.html
43
9
Alessio Ripa's profile photoAirNDS Channel's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
Apply for a ‪#‎NASASocial‬ Jan 25 to see ‪#‎JWST‬'s massive mirrors being assembled at NASA Goddard: http://go.nasa.gov/1OBgCIv

Image: Twelve completed primary mirror segments.
Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
37
8
Андрей Рогачёв's profile photoFred Rutledge's profile photoStephen Langer's profile photoFabio Cesar's profile photo
 
Seeing the first images from this telescope is on my Bucket List so hurry up, folks. Can't wait but just thinking about 'no Hubble' makes me sad. 
Add a comment...
 
Eta Carinae is an interesting and somewhat rare phenomenon - it's a massive stellar system that had a massive eruption in the mid-19th century.  

"The most massive stars are always rare, but they have tremendous impact on the chemical and physical evolution of their host galaxy," said lead scientist Rubab Khan, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. These stars produce and distribute large amounts of the chemical elements vital to life and eventually explode as supernovae.

Since stars like this are rare, scientists are always looking for more - and they may have identified some possible candidates of stars similar to Eta Car in the nearby spiral galaxy M83. 

It turns out that our Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI) will be an ideal tool for exploring these objects.  The MIRI has 10 times the angular resolution of instruments aboard Spitzer and is most sensitive at the wavelengths where Eta "twins" shine brightest.

"Combined with Webb's larger primary mirror, MIRI will enable astronomers to better study these rare stellar laboratories and to find additional sources in this fascinating phase of stellar evolution," said Sonneborn, NASA's project scientist for Webb telescope operations.

Read the full story: http://go.nasa.gov/1PNFz4B

Image Credits: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and R. Khan (GSFC and ORAU)
46
20
rafiq jan rafiq14u's profile photo4nn1 R14n's profile photoAli Mohmed's profile photosean Mera Ou 7's profile photo
2 comments
 
good

Add a comment...
 
#‎JWST‬ ‪#‎MirrorSeason‬ updates are fast and furious today! We have confirmation that mirror #8 is complete!
58
13
David Aparicio's profile photoDAVID A's profile photo
Add a comment...
People
In their circles
6 people
Have them in circles
2,799 people
jovanni thunder's profile photo
Michael Hall's profile photo
Slawomir Madej's profile photo
Alexis Gomez's profile photo
Don Warner's profile photo
Addison Denenberg's profile photo
NASA KETI's profile photo
Peter Schaab's profile photo
Юрий Шкуратов - кафедра астрономии ХНУ Каразина's profile photo
Contact Information
Contact info
Email
Story
Tagline
All about the next generation James Webb Space Telescope!
Introduction

The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to Hubble. It is an infrared telescope with a 6.5m mirror and a sunshade the size of a regulation tennis court! It will launch in 2018.