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James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » November 26th, 2015, 5:46 pm

The flight structure for the JWST is now at Goddard. The structure will hold the telescope's eighteen beryllium mirrors; beryllium is a lightweight and corrosion-resistant metal. The 1:36 video "James Webb Space Telescope Stands Tall" is currently in the third-to-last row in NASA's video archive...
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/webb/main/index.html

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Re: James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » November 1st, 2016, 11:32 am

Tomorrow at 8am CDT both NASA-TVs will broadcast a science briefing on the JWST. As of June, the primary mirror (consisting of eighteen hexagonal segments) was fully constructed.

There are actually two webcams allowing interested people to view the construction live...
http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/webcam.html

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Re: James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » November 4th, 2016, 2:38 pm

The science briefing of Wednesday will be rebroadcast at 8am CDT and 7pm CDT tomorrow, and 7am CDT and 3pm CDT Sunday, on both NASA-TVs.

Wednesday's NASA Image of the Day was a shot of the JWST primary mirror...
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/james ... ic-puzzles

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Re: James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » August 17th, 2017, 6:57 pm

The ScienceCasts series has issued a 3:36 video titled "Shake, Rattle and Cold" about the preparation for the JWST's launch. The JWST is being touted as the "most sophisticated space science telescope ever" and its planned launch is in October 2018. Its primary mirror is three times wider than Hubble's.

The video:
https://science.nasa.gov/sciencecasts/r ... for-launch

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Re: James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » January 8th, 2018, 1:06 pm

A status briefing on the James Webb will be broadcast on both NASA-TVs this Wednesday at 1pm CST. It is hoped that the new instrument will obtain crucial data on brown dwarfs.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... own-dwarfs

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Re: James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » August 29th, 2018, 1:08 pm

During the first week of February, the James Webb left Johnson Space Center. The JWST went to California on board a United States Air Force C-5 Galaxy built by Lockheed; the JWST is a joint project of NASA, ESA and CSA (the Canadian Space Agency). It will focus mostly on infrared detection.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/comb ... -arrive-in

An older story about the C5 Galaxy:
https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display ... certified/

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Re: James Webb Space Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » May 13th, 2019, 4:31 pm

From what I understand, the Space Telescope Science Institute is hosting a JWST Master Class, 18 November to 22 November in Baltimore.

Applications are open for approximately twenty-five participants. These people will then train others in their region of the world. The Class is for all potential professional observers; career stages and research interests can be varied among the small group.

Meanwhile, the JWST Cycle 1 General Observer proposal deadline in Spring 2020. This is good news! JWST may well launch in 2021!

The online application:
https://stsci.slideroom.com/#/login/program/47933

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