New images from the Webb Telescope

New images from the Webb Telescope preview the Artemis 1 mission to the moon

A preview of our Artemis 1 mission to the moon…

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James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the Hubble Space Telescope’s discoveries. Covering longer wavelengths of light, it has greatly improved its sensitivity, allowing it to see inside the dust clouds that are forming star and planetary systems today, and go back in time to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.

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NASA previews Artemis 1 mission to the moon

In two briefings, we previewed our unmanned Artemis 1 mission to the moon. On August 3, our agency officials at NASA Headquarters and other NASA centers provided a “big picture” of the mission.

“Artemis I showed that we can do great things. Something that unites people, something that benefits humanity. Something like Apollo that inspires the world.” — NASA Administrator Bill Nelson

Two days later, a more in-depth look at the mission’s schedule and operations came from our Johnson Space Center. The agency’s current goal is to launch a Space Launch System rocket to send the Orion spacecraft back to the moon and back to Earth no earlier than Monday, Aug. 29. Artemis I will take place over about six weeks to check out the systems before astronauts board the spacecraft in Artemis II.

Wheel Galaxy (NIRCam and MIRI composite image)

This image of the wheel and its companion galaxy, a composite of Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), revealed details that are hard to see in just a single image.
This galaxy is the result of a high-speed collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The wheels consist of two rings, a bright inner ring and a colored outer ring. Both rings expand outward from the collision center like shock waves.Image Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team

Webb captures new image of the Wheel galaxy

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope produced this detailed image of the new Wheel galaxy and two smaller galaxies. About 500 million light-years away, the Wheel Galaxy is a rare type of galaxy that astronomers call a “ring galaxy.”It is believed that the Wheel Galaxy was once a normal spiral galaxy, like ours

Milky Way
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains Earth, so named because it emerged from Earth. It is a barred spiral galaxy containing an estimated 10-400 billion stars and is between 150,000 and 200,000 light-years in diameter.

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NASA Curiosity Mars Rover 10 Poster

Stay curious with NASA and celebrate the agency’s Curiosity Mars rover’s 10th anniversary on the Red Planet with a two-sided poster that lists some of the intrepid explorer’s inspiring accomplishments. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After 10 years on

NASA’s Curiosity rover is celebrating 10 years on Mars. The rover landed on the Red Planet at 10:32 p.m. PDT on August 5, 2012. Since then, it has driven about 18 miles and climbed more than 2,000 feet while exploring Gale Crater and the foothills of Mount Sharp. Most importantly, Curiosity determined that liquid water and the chemical building blocks needed for life were indeed present in this region of Mars for at least tens of millions of years. The Curiosity team now plans to have the rover spend the next few years exploring a new region, one thought to have formed as water was drying out, leaving behind salty minerals called sulfates.

NASA SpaceX Crew-5 Collage

A collage of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 from left to right, top to bottom: NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina. Credit: NASA

The Next Commercial Crew Launch to the Space Station

The launch of our

“We are coming together as a human race. And our mission onboard the International Space Station of developing this technology and research to benefit all of humankind is really what brings us together.” — Nicole Mann, NASA Astronaut

This is NASA’s fifth crew rotation flight to the space station with a U.S. commercial spacecraft.

NASA Nichelle Nichols

Actor Nichelle Nichols, who died July 30, 2022, didn’t just break new ground on “Star Trek” by playing one of the first leading recurring Black female characters on U.S. television. A decade after the show ended, she did the same for NASA, appearing in a promotional film aimed at recruiting women and people of color to apply to be astronauts, as she recounted in a 2012 visit to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The next astronaut class, appointed in 1978, included Guy Bluford, the first Black American in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Credit: NASA

NASA Pays Tribute to Nichelle Nichols

NASA is remembering actor Nichelle Nichols, who passed away on July 30. She broke new ground on “Star Trek” in her role as Lieutenant Uhura, one of the first leading recurring Black female characters on U.S. television. Years later, NASA officials enlisted her help to recruit the first women and minority astronauts for the Space Shuttle Program. In a statement, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson noted that as we prepare to send the first woman and first person of color to the Moon under Artemis, NASA is guided by the legacy of Nichelle Nichols.

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