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2012-08-15 21:55:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said it has received the second of four main instruments for its James Webb Space Telescope, the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) will help enable the James Webb to accurately point at the correct objects for it to observe. It is packaged together as a single unit with the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) science instrument. The instrument arrived on July 30 at...

Canadian Instruments To Be Added To James Webb Telescope
2012-07-26 14:25:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Canada is helping to supply NASA with instruments that will be integrated into the James Webb Space Telescope. The instruments, known as NIRISS and FGS, left Canada on Wednesday and are poised to arrive at NASA at the end of July to help supply the succeeder of the Hubble Space Telescope in 2018. NIRISS will help discovery and study Earth-sized exoplanets and the most distant galaxies, while FGS will help ensure that Webb is aiming...

NASA Cuts Black Hole Telescope Mission
2012-06-08 11:11:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com NASA has pulled the plug on the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small (GEMS) explorer mission, which was designed to look into black holes, due to budget cuts. The mission won a NASA competition for a moderately priced space science mission in 2009, and had been scheduled for launch in 2014. Paul Hertz, NASA's astrophysics division director, told reporters on a conference call on Thursday that an independent review team estimated GEMS would be 20 to 30...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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