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Team From NASA Laying Plans To Observe New Worlds
2014-07-24 03:35:07

Lori Keesey, NASA It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. For example, the iconic Hubble Space Telescope — arguably the greatest telescope in history and certainly the most recognized — was proposed in the 1940s. Its development began in the 1970s and it launched in 1990. Similarly, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch in 2018, 23 years after work began on the concept. And if approved for development, the Wide-Field Infrared...

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane Testing Complete
2014-07-09 03:55:45

NASA NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. The PMBSS is the stable platform that holds the telescope's science instruments and the 18 beryllium mirror-segments that form the 21-foot-diameter primary mirror nearly motionless while the telescope peers into deep space. The primary mirror is the...

2014-07-08 12:21:09

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The PMBSS is the stable platform that holds the telescope's science instruments and the 18 beryllium mirror-segments that form the...

A Call To Back The Advanced Technologies Large Aperture Space Telescope
2014-06-23 03:25:13

Royal Astronomical Society In the nearly 25 years since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers and the public alike have enjoyed ground-breaking views of the cosmos and the suite of scientific discoveries that followed. The successor to HST, the James Webb Telescope should launch in 2018 but will have a comparatively short lifetime. Now Prof Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester is looking to the future. In his talk at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM...

2014-02-05 12:21:09

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Space Technologies (Vanguard) has been awarded two contracts to provide hardware for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The contracts, awarded by Northrop Grumman Corporation to Vanguard, are for fabrication of composite components of the Unitized Pallet Structure (UPS). The components will be manufactured at Vanguard's San Diego facility using advanced graphite fiber reinforced materials yielding lightweight, stiff and stable parts. Delivery...

Image 1 - Webb Telescope Flight Backplane Section Completed
2012-04-25 01:00:06

The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope's hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope's beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and other hardware throughout its mission. "Completing the center section of the backplane is an important step in completing the sophisticated telescope structure," said Lee Feinberg, optical telescope...

Webb Telescope Spinoff Technologies Already Seen In Some Industries
2012-04-20 03:38:40

[ Watch the Video ] A critical component of the James Webb Space Telescope is its new technology. Much of the technology for the Webb had to be conceived, designed and built specifically to enable it to see farther back in time. As with many NASA technological advances, some of the innovations are being used to benefit humankind in many other industries. The Webb telescope is the world's next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The most powerful...

Image 1 - Webb Telescope Receives COCOA This Winter
2011-12-16 09:14:50

Engineers working on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope are bringing out the COCOA this winter, but it's not a warm beverage. Rather, it's a way to check that the mirrors are perfectly shaped and will work in the frosty environment of space. COCOA stands for "Center of Curvature Optical Assembly." Curvature is important in a mirror, just as the convex side mirrors on your car are shaped to give you a wide field of vision behind and beside your car. COCOA tests on the Webb telescope's...

James Webb Telescope Project On Track: NASA
2011-12-07 11:24:07

NASA on Tuesday vowed that its James Webb Space Telescope project will be on track to launch in 2018, despite several delays and billions spent in over budget; the total projected cost is now at $8.8 billion. The project, which aims to build the world´s most powerful telescope that will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble space telescope, has been riddled by setbacks and cost overruns. The project has been under threat by a Congressional subcommittee, looking to shut down the...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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