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  • Mistakes delay NASA’s new telescope yet again (James Webb Space Telescope delayed to 2021)

    06/28/2018 1:06:27 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/28/18 | Associated Press
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s next-generation space telescope has been delayed yet again at a staggering cost of $1 million a day. For the third time in less than a year, the space agency announced a lengthy postponement Wednesday for the James Webb Space Telescope. The observatory will now fly no earlier than 2021; until last fall, it was on the books for a 2018 launch. The telescope’s overall cost is now expected to reach nearly $10 billion. Development cost alone will exceed the $8 billion cap set by Congress by more than $800 million and require reauthorization. An independent...
  • Screws and Washers Are Falling Off NASA's Multi-Billion Dollar Space [WEBB] Telescope

    05/04/2018 1:46:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 90 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | 05/03/2018 | By Jay Bennett
    The James Webb Space Telescope hits another snag. On anything that moves, from vehicles to rolling office chairs, you need to be wary of bolts rattling loose over time. Thread-locking fluids and tapes are a great way to make sure your suspect bolts stay where they should, and nyloc nuts can also keep components snug and secure. Northrop Grumman might need to look into something along these lines, because apparently "screws and washers" are falling off the spacecraft and sunshield it is building to carry NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. Space News reports that NASA's JWST program director, Greg Robinson,...
  • NASA’s Webb Observatory Requires More Time for Testing and Evaluation; New Launch Window....

    03/28/2018 7:59:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | March 27, 2018 | RELEASE 18-019
    NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope currently is undergoing final integration and test phases that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. After an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory, Webb’s previously revised 2019 launch window now is targeted for approximately May 2020. “Webb is the highest priority project for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, and the largest international space science project in U.S. history. All the observatory’s flight hardware is now complete, however, the issues brought to light with the spacecraft element are prompting us to take the necessary steps to refocus our...
  • Japan Loses Contact With New Space Telescope

    03/27/2016 5:24:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    On Saturday, Japan lost contact with its newest space telescope, called Hitomi or ASTRO-H. The telescope, which includes an instrument from NASA, was intended to study the high-energy universe in X-rays and gamma rays, and observe such objects as supermassive black holes and galaxy clusters. Radar observations Sunday indicated that Hitomi, which launched on February 17, is in at least five pieces—and a plot of its orbit revealed a dramatic change on March 26, the date JAXA lost contact with the spacecraft. That means, says astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, that some kind of “energetic event” has occurred—something more than a simple...
  • Planet spotted deep within our galaxy: One of the most distant planets known

    04/19/2015 4:46:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | April 14, 2015 | Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.
  • The Telescope that Ate Space Science

    08/29/2011 6:11:34 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 33 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8/29/2011 | Rand Simberg
    The next generation space telescope is several hundred percent over budget and is stealing cash from other worthy science projects at NASA. The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, named for the Apollo-era NASA administrator, has been eagerly anticipated by astronomers for years. It would allow scientists to view events and objects much further from earth and much further back in time than even the spectacular but aging Hubble. In fact, it is designed to see all the way back to the beginning of time. Sadly, they may be disappointed. A couple months ago, Florida Today ran an exposé...
  • Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space (Hanny's 'Voorwerp', it's 'strangely alive')

    01/10/2011 5:46:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/10/11 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON – The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it's strangely alive. The bizarre glowing blob is giving birth to new stars, some only a couple million years old, in remote areas of the universe where stars don't normally form.
  • Space Telescope Sifts Earth Storms for Radiation Flashes

    02/20/2010 3:28:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 394+ views
    Space.com ^ | 2/20/10 | Jeremy Hsu
    A NASA space telescope hunting for the most powerful explosions in the universe is turning its eye on Earth to hunt for tiny flashes of radiation to determine if they pose a rare, but deadly, threat to high-flying commercial airliners. NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has joined the search for mysterious gamma-ray flashes above thunderstorms which are ultra-brief, but could be a concern for air travelers, researchers said. Just one millisecond blast of the so-called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) could expose passengers and crew aboard a nearby jet airliner to the same level of radiation as 400 chest X-rays, according...
  • Panel Urges New Space Telescope

    01/25/2010 7:34:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 330+ views
    Aviation and Space Technology ^ | 1/25/2010 | Jefferson Morris
    Although the U.S. won’t be able to meet the congressionally mandated goal of locating and cataloging most near-Earth objects 140 meters across or larger by 2020, it could come close to that deadline if a new space-based observatory is dedicated to the task in concert with a suitable ground-based telescope, according to a National Academies panel. The panel’s final report, released Jan. 22, asserts that the combination of space- and ground-based observation is “the best approach,” and could complete the survey as early as 2022 if funds are appropriated quickly. Alternately, if saving money is deemed more important than meeting...
  • European scientists launch new space telescope (Herschel)

    05/16/2009 4:59:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 577+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/09 | Danica Coto - ap
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – As American astronauts overhauled the aging Hubble, European scientists launched an even larger space telescope toward a far-flung orbit, hoping to help answer two questions: How did the cosmos begin and are we alone in it? "We are seeking the origins of the universe," said Jean-Yves Le Gall, chairman and CEO of French satellite launcher Arianespace, which on Thursday launched the Herschel space telescope and a companion spacecraft from French Guiana. The Herschel space telescope, the largest ever launched, will observe chunks of ice and dust left over from the formation of planets, playing a...
  • Hobbled Hubble Space Telescope revived

    10/16/2008 7:41:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 450+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/08 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – The Hubble Space Telescope was in the final stages of recovery on Thursday after NASA successfully bypassed a faulty computer and resurrected an 18-year-old spare from orbital hibernation. The faulty computer, which is needed to collect and process data from science instruments, prompted NASA to delay a long-awaited space shuttle mission to service the telescope. The flight has been rescheduled for February, when the crew will attempt to replace the failed computer. --snip-- Engineers began the delicate task of switching to a backup system to collect and process Hubble's data on Wednesday. "Everything's going perfectly,"...
  • NASA to attempt to reboot Hubble Space Telescope

    10/14/2008 12:30:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 828+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/08 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA will attempt on Wednesday to revive the $2 billion Hubble Space Telescope, which was idled two weeks ago by an equipment failure, officials said on Tuesday. The breakdown of a computer needed to relay science data to Earth prompted NASA to postpone until next year a long-awaited space shuttle mission to upgrade the orbital observatory. That flight, which had been slated for liftoff on Tuesday, was rescheduled for February. Engineers plan to send commands to the telescope early on Wednesday to switch over to a backup computer that has not even been turned on...
  • NASA touts aging Hubble telescope's successor (JWST - James Webb Space Telescope)

    05/10/2007 5:50:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,254+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/07 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - NASA unveiled Thursday a model of the massive space telescope that will replace the aging Hubble in 2013 and allow scientists to observe the formation of the first galaxies at the dawning of the universe. The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency displayed in Washington a full-scale model of the James Webb (news, bio, voting record) Space Telescope, which scientists hope will peer back to the first stars after the "Big Bang" and the formation of solar systems capable of hosting life. JWST, a joint project of the US, European and Canadian space agencies, will be three...
  • Future dimming for Puerto Rico telescope

    12/06/2006 12:30:29 PM PST · by Young Werther · 12 replies · 654+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/6/2006 | Ben Fox
    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico - At the world's largest radio telescope, astronomers searching for asteroids on a collision course with Earth are bracing for a more worldly threat: The steepest budget cuts and first layoffs since the observatory opened in 1963. Managers are warning staff and outside astronomers to prepare for a leaner future, with fewer research projects and less telescope time available as they finish a costly repainting job amid a looming cut in U.S. government funding
  • Russia to orbit world's most powerful telescope by 2008

    10/03/2006 11:06:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 647+ views
    Interfax.ru ^ | October 3, 2006
    MOSCOW. Oct 3 (Interfax-AVN) - Russia will orbit its Radioastron telescope by the end of 2008, said Nikolai Kardashev, head of the Russian Physics Institute's Astro-Space Center. "It is expected that the astrophysical observatory Radioastron will be orbited in late 2007. A slight delay is possible. I think that in any case this will not happen later than 2008," Kardashev told a news conference on Tuesday. The total cost in creating the telescope is about 3 billion rubles, he said.
  • Caption (or Contemplate) Eagle Nebula

    04/26/2005 5:54:26 AM PDT · by OESY · 36 replies · 1,263+ views
    Spaceflightnow.com ^ | April 25, 2005 | NASA
    Appearing like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal, this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 57 trillion miles high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the next nearest star. Stars in the Eagle Nebula are born in clouds of cold hydrogen gas that reside in chaotic neighborhoods, where energy from young stars sculpts fantasy-like landscapes in the gas. The tower may be a giant incubator for those newborn stars. A torrent of ultraviolet...
  • Doubt overshadows Hubble's 15th (Hubble telescope nearing its end?)

    04/25/2005 9:34:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies · 1,000+ views
    BBC News ^ | 04/25/05
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4480813.stm Last Updated: Monday, 25 April, 2005, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK   Doubt overshadows Hubble's 15th   A billowing tower of cold gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula. (Image: Nasa, Esa and the Hubble Heritage Team) The tower in the Eagle Nebula may be a giant incubator for newborn stars Hubble is the best mission in Nasa's fleet Steven Beckwith, STScI Astronomers are this week celebrating the 15th year in space for the Hubble space telescope - perhaps the most successful astronomy mission ever.But the celebrations are overshadowed by uncertainty over the future of the orbiting observatory. Nasa's 2006...
  • NASA Scientists find galaxies 11 billion light-years away (Spitzer Space Telescope)

    03/01/2005 9:32:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 736+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/1/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA scientists used an infrared telescope to see past stardust and spot hidden galaxies more than 11 billion light-years from the Earth, according to a journal article published Tuesday. Scientists used the Spitzer Space Telescope to find the galaxies, the most luminous in the universe. The galaxies shine with light equivalent to 10 trillion suns but were too far away and too drenched in cosmic dust to be seen - until now. "We are seeing galaxies that are essentially invisible," said Professor Dan Weedman of Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. Weedman co-authored an article detailing the...
  • Spitzer telescope sees long, violent history for planet-building

    10/18/2004 8:07:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 489+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 10/18/04 | Robert Jablon - AP
    LOS ANGELES - The Spitzer telescope's examination of hundreds of stars has found evidence that the times it takes to form an Earth-sized planet may last hundreds instead of tens of millions of years. The telescope revealed dust rings around nearby stars that couldn't have survived long unless violent collisions between gigantic chunks of rock were replenishing them, scientists said during a press conference Monday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Scientists have long believed that planets are formed when the dust in a disc-like formation around a young star begins to clump. Some of the clumps eventually grow...
  • NASA Releases Dazzling Images from New Space Telescope

    12/19/2003 11:10:18 PM PST · by concentric circles · 47 replies · 1,023+ views
    A new window to the universe has opened with today's release of the first dazzling images from NASA's newly named Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. The first observations, of a glowing stellar nursery; a swirling, dusty galaxy; a disc of planet-forming debris; and organic material in the distant universe, demonstrate the power of the telescope's infrared detectors to capture cosmic features never before seen. The Spitzer Space Telescope was also officially named today after the late Dr. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. He was one of the 20th century's most influential scientists, and in the mid-1940s,...