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James Webb Space Telescope

The next big space telescope is named in honor of James Webb, a former head of NASA who oversaw the Mercury and Gemini missions that prepared the agency for the Apollo Moon flights. It will observe the universe at infrared wavelengths, and will be deployed one million miles from Earth. That location will shield it from the warmth of Earth, which produces a lot of infrared energy.

Radio Programs

More Moon and Companions Stepping toward the stars December 14, 2017

James Webb Telescope Looking for the first galaxies March 16, 2016

More Space Astronomy Climbing above Earth’s murky air December 9, 2015

Beryllium A key element in fact and fantasy March 31, 2015

Featured Images

Artist's concept of James Webb Space Telescope at work

Taking Shape March 16, 2016