James Webb Space Telescope

January 14, 2019

Astronomers foresee long future for Hubble

SEATTLE — Despite a recent problem with one of its instruments, managers of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are confident that the mission can continue to operate […]
May 29, 2018

Astronaut Don Peterson, made first shuttle spacewalk, dies at 84

Astronaut Donald Peterson, who trained for a classified military space station program before becoming one of the first people to spacewalk from the space shuttle, has […]
May 23, 2018

SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin science spacecraft

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 still sporting soot from its last mission successfully launched May 22 with five Iridium Next satellites and two science satellites […]
May 8, 2018

NASA missions press ahead despite budget uncertainty

WASHINGTON — As House appropriators prepare to take up a spending bill that funds NASA, some programs proposed for cancellation are pressing ahead despite fiscal uncertainty […]
March 19, 2018

Deep-Space Radiation May Be Getting More Dangerous for Future Astronauts

“The radiation dose rates from measurements obtained over the last four years exceeded trends from previous solar cycles by at least 30 percent, showing that the […]
January 31, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope finally takes shape

Last January, at the 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in suburban Dallas, astronomers were growing increasingly excited about the progress the James Webb […]
September 25, 2017

Astronomers discover an asteroid is actually two — and that it’s also a comet

Finding makes it a first for a binary asteroid to be also classified as a comet When is an asteroid not just an asteroid? When it’s […]
June 22, 2017

Is It Time to Rethink How We Search for Alien Life?

WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly Xenomorphs from the “Alien” movies, science-fiction stories are bursting with all kinds of alien encounters. But […]
June 8, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Weirdoes or Boring Carbon Critters?

(+Reviewing a Review of the book by Jim Al-Khalili Aliens: the World’s Leading Scientists on the Search For Extraterrestrial Life) Jennifer Senior writes a thoughtful review […]