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2014-01-30 10:08:14

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will participate in a news conference at 9 a.m. EST Monday, Feb. 3, to discuss the status of the agency's flagship science project, the James Webb Space Telescope. The event will take place in Building 8 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and be broadcast live on NASA Television. Webb will be the premiere observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will...

2014-01-29 16:20:44

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will participate in a news conference at 9 a.m. EST Monday, Feb. 3, to discuss the status of the agency's flagship science project, the James Webb Space Telescope. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The event will take place in Building 8 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and be broadcast live on NASA...

2014-01-24 12:20:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed its first significant mission milestone for 2014 -- a Spacecraft Critical Design Review (SCDR) that examined the telescope's power, communications and pointing control systems. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "This is the last major element-level critical design review of the program," said Richard Lynch, NASA Spacecraft Bus Manager for the James Webb...

Giant-Sized Webb Space Telescope Model Coming To Baltimore
2011-10-13 08:34:29

[ Watch the Video ] Baltimore's Maryland Science Center is going to be the "landing site" for the life-sized full-scale model of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, and it's free for all to see. The Webb telescope life-sized model is as big as a tennis court, and its coming to the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor from October 14 through 26, 2011. It's a chance for young and old to get a close-up look at the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope in the same size it...

Image 1 - Testing On Webb Telescope's Sunshield Underway
2011-09-19 13:07:26

  NASA is testing an element of the sunshield that will protect the James Webb Space Telescope's mirrors and instruments during its mission to observe the most distant objects in the universe. The sunshield will consist of five tennis court-sized layers to allow the Webb telescope to cool to its cryogenic operating temperature of minus 387.7 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Kelvin). Testing began early this month at ManTech International Corp.'s Nexolve facility in Huntsville, Ala., using...

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2011-05-25 13:35:00

Video: Buzz Aldrin highlights the successes of the Apollo mission and makes a point to not repeat inefficient strategies in the future of space exploration. According to a newly released White House tape, President John F. Kennedy struggled with how to sell the public on a costly space program he worried had "lost its glamour" and had little political benefits. Kennedy and NASA Administrator James Webb hashed out how to strengthen public backing for the mission, like highlighting its...

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2011-03-22 10:30:00

The James Webb Space Telescope has a unique shield to protect its sensitive instruments from the heat and light of the sun. The sunshield is like an umbrella popping open on the shores of the cosmos that allows the instruments beneath it to see far into the universe. Like a beach umbrella protects people from the sun's heat and ultraviolet radiation, the sunshield protects the telescope and the sensitive infrared instruments that fly beneath the Webb telescope's sunshield from our sun's heat...

2010-09-08 15:40:00

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Canadian Space Agency has delivered a test unit of the Fine Guidance Sensor to the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The arrival of the engineering test unit marks a major milestone for the Canadian team. The hardware has been put through its paces at the...

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2010-06-01 13:05:12

The James Webb Space Telescope has finally made the "big time" at least according to the old Frank Sinatra song "New York, New York." The life-sized model of NASA's next generation space telescope is being set up in New York City's Battery Park for the 2010 World Science Festival, which runs June 1- June 6. The opening ceremony was held in front of the model on June 1. As the song goes, "if (the Webb telescope) can make it there, it'll make it anywhere" and scientists are hoping that it will...

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2009-09-15 14:50:00

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is starting to come together. A major component of the telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module structure, recently arrived at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for testing in the Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility. The Integrated Science Instrument Module, or ISIM, is an important component of the Webb telescope. The ISIM includes the structure, four scientific instruments or cameras, electronics, harnesses,...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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