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The James Webb Space Telescope Looks Like Gold Plated Space Origami

When it launches in October 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will become the largest optical telescope in space. With its 6.5 meter wide mirror, it will gather infrared light from up to 13.5 billion light years away, giving astronomers a look at the earliest moments of the universe. But the mirror is too big to… » 8/23/15 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm

The Newly Proposed High Definition Space Telescope Makes Hubble Look Like a Toy

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will be “in many ways a hundred times” more capable than Hubble, isn’t launching until 2018, but already astrophysicists are thinking about its successor. They’re calling it the High Definition Space Telescope (HDST). That’s it on the far right, towering over both its… » 8/14/15 11:59am 8/14/15 11:59am

This Massive Chamber Is A Space Simulator For Spacecraft

The James Webb Space Telescope is about to be tucked into a massive space simulator as part of its testing to ensure it can survive the harsh orbital environment. The telescope is the next-generation planet-hunter, intended to check exoplanetary atmospheres for signs of life.http://space.io9.com/the-next-gener... » 12/22/14 10:01pm 12/22/14 10:01pm

This Massive Sunshield Will Protect NASA's New Space Telescope

When the sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope underwent deployment testing, it unfolded exactly like it would in space. At least, it did if you ignore the people, cranes, air, warmth, gravity, and conspicuous absence of the rest of the telescope. Even so, it looks really cool, and provides an SPF one million… » 10/02/14 8:50am 10/02/14 8:50am

Must Watch: Dawkins, Nye, Tyson, and Stephenson Discuss Science and Storytelling

"Without hyperbole, it is true that i don't think there has ever been on one stage an assembly of science storytellers and communicators like this," said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of the panelists assembled for the debate featured here. We're inclined to agree with him. » 4/15/13 12:20pm 4/15/13 12:20pm

This spectacular image is the deepest view of the Universe ever captured

Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have just released the most detailed view of the early Universe ever captured. It's called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF for short. The image combines over ten years' worth of photographs by Hubble. It required 2-million seconds of exposure time to produce, and… » 9/26/12 8:00am 9/26/12 8:00am

This could be our best view yet of the earliest objects in the Universe

NASA researchers have detected the faint glow of what they believe to be the first stars and galaxies to form in the aftermath of the Big Bang — and it's positively stunning. If the team's findings are correct, they could offer valuable insight into the nature of the Universe's very first objects. » 6/08/12 11:40am 6/08/12 11:40am

Watch the assembly of the James Webb Space Telescope — live via Webb cam!

Bad puns aside, this is actually pretty cool. NASA has set up two webcams in the cleanroom of Goddard Space Flight Center, where engineers are busy assembling the James Webb Space Telescope — the deep space imaging apparatus that will allow us to see farther into space than ever before. » 1/09/12 3:48pm 1/09/12 3:48pm