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Building Space Telescopes… In Space

November 27, 2019

When it comes to telescopes, bigger is better. That’s true down here on Earth, and it’s especially true…
WFIRST Space Telescope Fitted for ‘Starglasses’

September 25, 2019

When a new NASA space telescope opens its eyes in the mid-2020s, it will peer at the universe…
NASA’s WFIRST Will Help Uncover the Universe’s Fate

September 15, 2019

Scientists have discovered that a mysterious pressure dubbed “dark energy” makes up about 68% of the total energy…
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Been Assembled for the First Time

August 30, 2019

Reaching a major milestone, engineers have successfully connected the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for…
Sixteen Images for Spitzer’s Sweet 16

August 28, 2019

NASA launched its Spitzer Space Telescope into orbit around the Sun on Aug. 25, 2003. Since then, the…
A New Lens for Life-Searching Space Telescopes

August 8, 2019

Researchers from the University of Arizona have designed a new kind of telescope that is a cheaper, lighter…
NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

July 25, 2019

On July 23, 1999, the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying the Chandra X-ray Observatory.…
Starshade Would Take Formation Flying to Extremes

June 12, 2019

Anyone who’s ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while…
10 Years Ago, Hubble’s Final Servicing Mission Made It Better Than Ever

May 14, 2019

Astronaut Mike Massimino floated next to the Hubble Space Telescope’s cylindrical body and began to remove the screws…
Hubble Astronomers Assemble Wide View of the Evolving Universe

May 3, 2019

Astronomers have put together the largest and most comprehensive “history book” of galaxies into one single image, using…
Meet WFIRST, The Space Telescope with the Power of 100 Hubbles

February 25, 2019

WFIRST ain’t your grandma’s space telescope. Despite having the same size mirror as the surprisingly reliable Hubble Space…
NASA’s Webb Is Sound After Completing Critical Milestones

February 12, 2019

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has successfully passed another series of critical testing milestones on its march to…
Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to Resume Operations

January 16, 2019

NASA has moved closer to conducting science operations again with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3…
Tiny satellites could be “guide stars” for huge next-generation telescopes

January 7, 2019

There are more than 3,900 confirmed planets beyond our solar system. Most of them have been detected because…
15 Years in Space for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope

August 24, 2018

Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected…
NASA’s Most Technically Complex Space Observatory Requires Precision

July 26, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope is of one the most ambitious and technically complex missions NASA has ever…
Instead of Building Single Monster Scopes like James Webb, What About Swarms of Space Telescopes Working Together?

July 9, 2018

In the coming decade, a number of next-generation instruments will take to space and begin observing the Universe.…
Engineers Solve Excessive Heat Removal from NASA’s Webb Telescope

June 6, 2018

Webb’s four science instruments are held within a support structure called the integrated science instrument module (ISIM), located…
NASA’s New Planet Hunter Snaps Initial Test Image, Swings by Moon Toward Final Orbit

May 19, 2018

NASA’s next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is one step closer to searching for new…
“Super-cool” observatory to explore hidden universe

May 17, 2018

The project, named SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics), will involve scientists from the University’s School…
The NewSpace Revolution is About to Bring us Tiny Space Telescopes we can all Control

April 18, 2018

One of the defining characteristics of the modern era of space exploration is the way the public and…
Night or day, mini space-based telescope can image Earth and beyond

April 6, 2018

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed and tested an optical telescope system that can be used…
Computer searches telescope data for evidence of distant planets

March 30, 2018

As part of an effort to identify distant planets hospitable to life, NASA has established a crowdsourcing project…
NASA’s James Webb Observatory Prepares for Additional Testing

March 13, 2018

Engineers removed the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from their shipping container…
NASA’s Webbcam Shows Webb Telescope Chilling in Chamber A

July 28, 2017

The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid…
New planet found to be hotter than most stars

June 7, 2017

A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that even its nights are like the flame of a…
Primordial galaxy discovered is first of its kind

April 12, 2017

Years of meticulous observing have resulted in a cosmic discovery that comes from an era dating back 13.1…
Telescope records massive explosion 12 billion years ago

February 28, 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope has captured the explosive birth of a blackole 12 billion light…
Astronomers shed light on different galaxy types

September 14, 2016

In the new research, Australian scientists have taken a critical step towards understanding why different types of galaxies…
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