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Full Funding Secured for James Webb Space Telescope

November 17, 2011
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Full Funding Secured for James Webb Space Telescope

Minutes ago, the House and Senate came to an agreement on the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) budget, which includes the full requested funding to ensure a 2018 launch for the James Webb Space Telescope. The vote was 70 to 30. Unofficially dubbed Hubble 2.0, the Webb faced elimination when the House...
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Senate Passes Budget With Full Funding for James Webb Space Telescope

November 1, 2011
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Senate Passes Budget With Full Funding for James Webb Space Telescope

The Senate today passed its Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) 2012 Appropriations Bill, which includes full funding for the embattled James Webb Space Telescope, the Hubble successor that will be run largely out of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STscI) in Baltimore. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a longtime science advocate, chairs the...
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Mikulski, Maryland Scientists Mark Opening of James Webb Space Telescope Exhibit in Baltimore

October 26, 2011
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Mikulski, Maryland Scientists Mark Opening of James Webb Space Telescope Exhibit in Baltimore

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced at a press conference at the Maryland Science Center this morning that next week, the Senate will secure funding for the James Webb Space Telescope, which came under fire in July when the House Appropriations Subcommittee proposed cutting the project due to poor oversight and budget overruns. “Next Tuesday...
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Telescope Science Leads to Better Eyecare

July 29, 2011
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Telescope Science Leads to Better Eyecare

Almost a month ago, NASA finished polishing the mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble’s successor, down to an accuracy of one-millionth of an inch. The technology developed for testing the revolutionary mirrors has already spurred improvements in ocular health, from diagnosing problems and providing more accurate contact lenses to perfecting laser eye...
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As Atlantis Flies, NASA Future Unclear

July 8, 2011
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Atlantis readies for launch.

At 11:29 July 8, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis left its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS), bringing with it the collective history of 30 years and more than 350 men and women. The final mission (link opens PDF) will see Atlantis’ four-person crew testing...
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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Launch Today

April 29, 2011
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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Launch Today

Update: Endeavour’s launch has been postponed for at least 48 hours due to “an issue with Auxiliary Power Unit 1 heaters.” NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour makes its final launch today at 3:47 p.m. Commander Mark Kelly and his crew bring with them the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, as well as spare parts needed at the...
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Vote for the Last Astronaut Wakeup Song

March 31, 2011
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Vote for the Last Astronaut Wakeup Song

On Nov. 13, 1981, the crew of space shuttle mission STS-2 awoke to the Muppets’ “Pigs in Space” comedy routine No. 1. On Nov. 18, 1995, it was “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”—”performed as a drill team chant cadence”—for the crew of mission STS-74. And now, for mission STS-134, space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight? It’s...
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Happy Birthday Spock, and Other Fun Things

March 25, 2011
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Happy Birthday Spock, and Other Fun Things

In honor of Leonard Nimoy’s 80th birthday tomorrow, a few nifty space things: First, PhotoRadar published a selection of photographs by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, who has taken hundreds of in-flight photos from the International Space Station. There are overhead views of volcanoes, flyovers of entire cities, sprawling shots...
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Hopkins Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit Mercury Tonight

March 17, 2011
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Hopkins Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit Mercury Tonight

At 9 p.m. today, NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) will become the first spacecraft to enter Mercury’s orbit. The craft, which is operated by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has been racing through the inner solar system for the last six and a half years and will transmit...
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Discovery, Out

March 10, 2011
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Discovery, Out

Space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth mid-morning yesterday after completing its final trip to the International Space Station. The six-member crew spent 13 days and traveled more than 5 million miles to deliver crucial spare parts and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space. Since its first mission in 1984, Discovery has spent...
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NASA Gets Silly

February 18, 2011
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NASA Gets Silly

We were a little behind the ball on this, but there’s still a chance to win a pack of NASA Bandz. . . which are exactly what you’re thinking they are. The United States’ space mainstay has created some shaped rubber bands to coordinate with its Physics of the Cosmos Program, and you can...
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Comet and Spacecraft Have Valentine’s Date

February 14, 2011
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Comet and Spacecraft Have Valentine’s Date

Don’t forget! NASA’s spacecraft Stardust NExT (New Exploration of Tempel) has a hot date with comet Tempel 1 tonight at 11:37 p.m. You can watch it live on NASA TV starting at 11:30 p.m., including commentary from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. In related, um, news, University of Chicago calls NExT a player...
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