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All about the next generation James Webb Space Telescope!

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While two football teams will be put to the test at Super Bowl LI in Houston, engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are testing the most powerful space telescope ever built, the James Webb Space Telescope. To demonstrate all the shaking, quaking and super-chill temperatures the Webb telescope is going through, Goddard engineers did similar tests - with a football.

Being launched on a rocket creates high levels of noise and vibration, and once in orbit the Webb telescope will have to function under extreme temperatures - so NASA engineers are doing vibration, acoustics and other tests to ensure that the Webb telescope will function properly.

Once in orbit about 930,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth, the Webb telescope will provide images of the first galaxies ever formed and explore planets around distant stars. It is a joint project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

For more information about the Webb telescope, visit: www.jwst.nasa.gov or www.nasa.gov/webb.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

To download this video visit: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12493

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#ThrowbackThursday to 2014 and folding up the secondary mirror booms on a test (Pathfinder) version of the James Webb Space Telescope (#JWST).

Read more: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtelescope/27694762244/ and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtelescope/27694762384

Image credits: NASA/Desiree Stover
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There is a NASA Social coming up on July 29! Here is all the info you need on how to apply to come visit us at NASA Goddard. If you were snowed out from our winter Social, please note this on your application for this one! http://www.nasa.gov/social/startrek-social

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Recently, in the giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, engineers gave the James Webb Space Telescope a "lift and tilt" during testing making it appear to strike a pose in this time lapse video. Featured in this video is Webb's combined telescope and science instrument package.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Youtube: https://youtu.be/QZYs7x7GWH8

Download video: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/1230

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"Meet up at the Albert Einstein Memorial in DC for your chance to talk with astrophysicist John C. Mather, the 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Physics. He's also the Senior Project Scientist for JWST. Want to know more about the Big Bang Theory? Interested in the work that goes on at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center? This event will also feature hands-on science activities from the Society of Physics Students.

The date/time is Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This event is free; registration recommended, but not required."

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-a-nobel-laureate-einstein-memorial-pop-up-tickets-24099808175?mc_cid=03cfa65cb0&mc_eid=52e285c84b

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Nobel Laureate (and James Webb Space Telescope Project Scientist) John Mather answers some commonly asked questions about the Big Bang, and about #JWST's role in understanding the early history of the universe.

http://jwst.nasa.gov/bigBangQandA.html

Image credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
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How will we discover life in the universe? What are the cosmos’ biggest unknowns? How do scientific discoveries inspire and transform the stories we tell?

Join sci-fi authors Larry Niven, Kim Stanley Robinson, Connie Willis, Charlie Stross, Joe Haldeman and Harry Turtledove and a panel of the scientists and engineers of the Hubble and Webb space telescopes as they explore the places where their worlds collide.

Get insight into the scientific and creative processes as they discuss topics ranging from why we can’t seem to find evidence of intelligent aliens to the ways that science happens in real life.

Watch: https://youtu.be/eld7fvPvxwA

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Got questions about #JWST's tennis court-sized sunshield? This feature will answer them! http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/the-complex-material-engineering-of-nasas-webb-telescope-sunshield

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We're all about time-lapses today!

A lovely photo time-lapse of ‪#‎JWST‬'s mirrors rotating by a NASA Goddard person who was there that day! https://youtu.be/CWL9ZBFLHPA

Credit: David Friedlander

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Here's a time-lapse video showing the Webbcam view of the James Webb Space Telescope science instrument installation in our giant cleanroom at NASA Goddard. You can find our Webbcam here: http://jwst.nasa.gov/webcam.html

https://youtu.be/D3mTxUhtBlA
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