Chemical combinations in the atmosphere may hint of biological activity on other planets. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope may detect these biosignatures and help astronomers in their quest for life outside Earth.
Space January 25, 2018
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is ready to undergo the next round of testing. It recently completed a hundred day test in a vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Center.
Space December 5, 2017
Astronomer Jerry Nelson's design has changed telescopes forever, as seen in the James Webb Space Telescope being constructed at present. Nelson has died at age 73 after a long fruitful career.
Space June 23, 2017
The James Webb Space Telescope is being readied for its 2018 launch and is in its final stages of inspection. The telescope is scheduled to be lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, in 2018.
Space April 2, 2017
Ghost-like figures can be seen around an image of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope at the Goddard Space Flight Center. NASA photographer Chris Gunn, who took the photo, explained what these spooky figures are.
Space March 19, 2017
The new Webb Space Telescope will be replacing Hubble Space Telescope and will help astrophysicists look into the formation of stars happening 13 billion light years away to gain knowledge about the universe's formation.
Space March 7, 2017
The James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched next year, can help reveal the presence of alien life on the exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 star system. The space observatory will gather clues from the components of the planets' atmospheres.
Space February 25, 2017
The characteristics and proximity of the seven exoplanets to their host star TRAPPIST-1 raise possibility for finding extraterrestrial life. What could hint the presence of life in these newly discovered planets?
Space February 22, 2017
The Hubble Space Telescope spotted a very isolated irregular dwarf galaxy 2.3 million light-years away from its closest neighbor. UGC 4879 can help astronomers study star formations.
Space June 13, 2016
Hubble's successor gets the gold treatment. For the first time, mission engineers unveiled the network of mirrors that will be the heart of the next-generation orbiting observatory, the James Webb Telescope.
Space May 1, 2016
The 18-mirror main reflector of the James Webb Telescope was revealed for the first time since construction on the network of mirrors was completed. Why are astronomers so excited about this upcoming space-based observatory?
Space April 28, 2016
NASA engineers have installed the beryllium-made secondary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope, touted the next-generation premier space observatory. The space telescope is poised to image the first galaxies formed and study planets surrounding distant stars.
Space March 14, 2016
Galaxy GN-z11 is seen by the Hubble Space Telescope, sitting 13.4 billion light years from Earth. How are astronomers searching for the oldest families of stars?
Space March 4, 2016
Following 25 years of images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), NASA officials are gearing up for the next generation of space-borne observatories. Here are some of the upcoming missions that will help unwrap the mysteries of the universe.
Space February 20, 2016
There are high expectations from Hubble Space Telescope's more powerful successor. To date, James Webb Space Telescope is the most powerful telescope ever built. With a set launch in 2018, the team just reached a crucial milestone with the completion of its primary mirror segment.
Space February 6, 2016
The 18 primary mirror sections of the James Webb Space Telescope will form a large 21.3-foot mirror, to be completed in early 2016. The start of the mirror installation marks the final assembly stage of the Hubble Space Telescope's successor.
Space November 29, 2015
The High-Definition Space Telescope (HDST) could, one day, be searching for planets much like the Earth circling other stars. How do astronomers plan to use this system to find alien life?
Space July 8, 2015
The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to continue the dramatic successes achieved by the Hubble instrument, NASA says. At 100 times more powerful, it will provide a glimpse of the earliest age of the universe, the space agency says.
Space April 22, 2015
The James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is on track for a 2018 launch. The JWST, which is named after former NASA administrator James Webb, is the most powerful telescope ever built.
Space March 31, 2015
President's budget request for the space agency keeps funding alive for most of its current projects. $18.5 billion budget includes funding for Orion crew capsule, Space Launch System, next-generation space telescope.
Space February 2, 2015
Alien life could soon be found by astronomers, as a new lineup of tools become available to astronomers. What new instruments could be used to find life around other stars?
Space January 13, 2015
Giant space telescope set to launch in 2018 could be the tool to find extraterrestrial life, NASA experts say. Discovery could be "very, very close," they say.
Space July 15, 2014
NASA has announced a new $17.46 billion budget for for the coming year. Plans include sending human crews to an asteroid, as a first step toward Mars. Here's what's in - and out - in 2015.
Space March 5, 2014
The construction of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble, is proceeding smoothly. The new telescope may be the first to finally answer the question regarding the possibility of existence of alien life.
Space February 5, 2014
Move over Hubble. The $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is up for construction and may launch in 2018.
Space January 26, 2014
NASA is working on a bigger space telescope to replace the aging Hubble Space Telescope. The new James Webb Space Telescope will be a hundred time more powerful than Hubble.
Space January 15, 2014