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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...

James Webb Space Telescope Mirror's Amazing Anatomy
2014-03-20 15:02:51

Rob Gutro, NASA When you think of a mirror, there really isn't that much needed to describe it, but when you look at a mirror that will fly aboard NASA's next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, there's a lot to the anatomy of a mirror. NASA's Webb telescope includes a primary, secondary and tertiary mirror. Although the relatively small secondary and tertiary mirrors are unique, it's the expansive primary mirror that has the most complicated anatomy with a number of components...

James Webb Space Telescope Backbone Completed
2013-06-15 06:01:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Assembly of the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA´s James Webb Space Telescope, the backbone of the telescope, is a step closer to completion with the recent addition of the backplane support frame. The fixture will be used to connect all the pieces of the telescope together. The Webb´s center section and wings, secondary mirror support structure, aft optics system and integrated science instrument module...

2013-06-04 12:38:48

In an important milestone for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, Japan, one of the project's five international partners, has indicated its strong national backing for the next-generation astronomical observatory. On Wednesday, May 15, the Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, passed a fiscal year 2013 budget that includes key funding provisions 1244 million yen (approximately $12.2 million U.S.) for TMT, which contains TMT preparatory budget and a portion of Japan's TMT...

Space Invaders Photo Bomb Hubble Telescope Pictures Of Abell 68
2013-03-05 20:45:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A 1970s classic video game character has photo-bombed a Hubble Space Telescope picture of the Abell 68 galaxy cluster. The alien from the computer game Space Invaders has shown up in an image of Abell 68, thanks to a little technique known as “gravitational lensing.” Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity helped scientists amplify the light that comes from very distant galaxies. Some images taken by the...

James Webb Telescope Completes Optical Milestone
2013-01-17 04:44:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Another milestone was recently met by the engineering team working on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope when they completed performance testing on the observatory's aft-optics system (AOS). Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. — the principal subcontractor to Northrop Grumman for the optical technology and lightweight mirror system — conducted the testing at their facilities in Boulder, Colo. "Completing Aft Optics...


Latest Optical telescope Reference Libraries

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2010-09-24 17:50:57

A telescope, designed to aid the observation of remote objects, collects some form of electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The Netherlands developed the first known practical telescope in the 17th century. The term "telescope" was termed in order to describe Galileo's instruments in 1611. However, Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope. It was Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and Jacob Metius who are credited with the creation of the telescope. In 1668, Isaac Newton...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Very Large Telescope -- The Very Large Telescope (VLT) consist of four optical telescopes that have 8.4 meter aperture. The VLT is a project of the European Southern Observatory organization. It is located at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635-m high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. The VLT consists of a cluster four of large telescopes, and an interferometer (VLTI) which will be used to resolve fine features. The telescopes have been named after the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Telescope -- A telescope is an instrument composed of one or more lenses or mirrors to gather and focus electromagnetic radiation. Telescopes increase the observed angular size of objects, as well as their apparent brightness. The largest telescopes are used in astronomy. A telescope was first turned on the sky by Galileo Galilei, the Italian scientist. (Telescopes used for non-astronomical purposes may be called "transits," "monoculars," "binoculars," "camera lenses," or "spyglasses".)...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Adaptive Optics -- Adaptive optics is a technology to improve the performance of Earth-based telescopes, reversing the effect of atmospheric distortions. When light from a star or another astronomical object enters the Earth's atmosphere, the different temperature layers and different wind speeds distort and move the image in various ways (see seeing for a proper discussion). The net result is that an 8 meters or 10 meters telescope (like the VLT or Keck), while theoretically capable...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Active Optics -- Active optics is a relatively new technology for astronomic telescopes. Most modern telescopes are reflectors, with the primary element being a very large mirror. Historically, a fixed weight-to-diameter relation was used to build these mirrors, limiting their maximum diameter to 5 or 6 meters (200 or 230 inches), like in the Palomar Observatory. A new generation of telescopes uses instead very thin mirrors, uncapable of sustaining themselves. Instead, an array of...

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