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Top Scientists Explain to Senators Why We Must Look for Aliens Top Scientists Explain to Senators Why We Must Look for Aliens

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a series of hearings leading up to another NASA authorization bill, which helps set goals and authorizes funding for the agency (2017-2018's bill is here). On Wednesday, scientists from U.S. universities, the Smithsonian Institution, and NASA…

Congressional Committee Grills NASA and Northrop Grumman on James Webb Space Telescope Delays Congressional Committee Grills NASA and Northrop Grumman on James Webb Space Telescope Delays

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has concluded two days of hearings focused on trying to understand how the James Webb Space Telescope—NASA’s flagship telescope project—could have gone from a 2007 planned launch with a $500 million budget to a 2021 launch with a $9.6 billion budget.

NASA Delays Flagship Space Telescope Mission Once Again NASA Delays Flagship Space Telescope Mission Once Again

Is this dang telescope ever going to launch?

Trump's Budget Would Scrap Top-Priority Telescope Trump's Budget Would Scrap Top-Priority Telescope

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request would nix the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), and scientists aren’t happy.

Next Generation Telescope Selects First Proposals From Scientific Community Next Generation Telescope Selects First Proposals From Scientific Community

There’ve been some incredible images of the James Webb Space Telescope, the next generation telescope and successor to the Hubble. But we’re not really here to look at images of telescopes. We’re here to learn some dope space stuff.

NASA Delays Hubble Successor Launch NASA Delays Hubble Successor Launch

The Hubble Space Telescope is incredible and has done some truly remarkable science, but it’s getting old. After all, it was launched in 1990. Taking its place is the James Webb Space Telescope, an $8 billion-plus experiment that was scheduled to launch in October 2018.

This Robotic Arm Slips James Webb's Mirrors Exactly Where They Need to Be This Robotic Arm Slips James Webb's Mirrors Exactly Where They Need to Be

We’re openly obsessed with the assembly of the segmented origami mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope. A gorgeous photo released today reveals the secret of an enormous robotic arm used to place the mirror segments to within a paper’s width of perfection.

You're Running Out of Time to Watch the First Origami Mirror Come Together You're Running Out of Time to Watch the First Origami Mirror Come Together

The James Webb Space Telescope construction team doesn’t waste time! After hitting the halfway-point in December, they’re now up to 12 of 18 mirrors installed. Check out the livestream from the cleanroom for building this fantastic telescope now, or forever hold your peace!

Aww Yeah, the James Webb Space Telescope Has Half Its Mirrors! Aww Yeah, the James Webb Space Telescope Has Half Its Mirrors!

What better way to spend the holidays than watching NASA technicians scurry around assembling mirror segments on the James Webb Space Telescope? With the 9th of 18 segments installed last week, we’re that much closer to hunting for signs of life on alien worlds and making our universe a little less lonely.

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

Inside the Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space on Earth Inside the Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space on Earth

Inside Building 32 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas sits Chamber A, a marvel of engineering, cleanliness, and design. It’s also the closest you can come to being in space without strapping into a rocket.

Humans Have Been Going to the Moon for Almost Half a Century Humans Have Been Going to the Moon for Almost Half a Century

Forty-five years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center on humanity's first crewed mission to the surface of the moon. This view of Earth was captured from Apollo soon after translunar injection, just as the spacecraft was breaking away from our planet's orbit.

Here's Why You Should Be Excited About The James Webb Space Telescope Here's Why You Should Be Excited About The James Webb Space Telescope

Peter Cullen, voice of Optimus Prime, recently lent his legendary voice to a slick animated introduction to the successor of the ridiculously prolific Hubble Telescope, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. But Cullen's velvety voice is far from the only reason to be excited about JWST.

New Technique Could Help Scientists Detect Alien Life... in Four Years New Technique Could Help Scientists Detect Alien Life... in Four Years

A team of astrobiologists has described a new method of detecting not just water, but life, on distant worlds. There's just one problem – the telescope we need to do it won't be on line until 2018.

JWST & Hubble Q&A JWST & Hubble Q&A

The James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope science teams are doing a Twitter science chat today at 10am CST (11am EST, 8am PST).

Game of Thrones-inspired house sigils celebrate scientific exploration Game of Thrones-inspired house sigils celebrate scientific exploration

In the Game of Science, you either win or you go back to the drawing board. Students from the Albert Einstein Institute created these Game of Thrones-style sigils to pay tribute to some of the most exciting projects in physics and space exploration, complete with house words for each.

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

These mirrors will allow us to observe the birth of the Universe These mirrors will allow us to observe the birth of the Universe

In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will become one of the greatest tools in humanity's quest to understand the cosmos. Now, after eight years, the technology comprising the heart and soul of the telescope — an ultra-sophisticated beryllium mirror system — is complete.

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

Astronomers discover a brand-new class of exoplanet — the boiling Waterworld Astronomers discover a brand-new class of exoplanet — the boiling Waterworld

NASA's Kepler mission has been spoiling us with planetary discoveries left and right as of late. Now, researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an entirely new class of planet — they call it a "waterworld," and it might be covered in broiling-hot ice.

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