Saturday, April 2, 2011

James Webb Telescope FAQs

No caturday today, because of the April Fools post. But, I found a short little video on the James Webb Space Telescope:


The video talks about some differences between the JWST and Hubble, what JWST will be looking for, and neat information. Besides, when you think NASA Astrophysicists, you rarely think of someone like Dr. Amber Straughn, who does a great job in this video.


42 comments:

meandmythinkingcap said...

Interesting video!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I have a couple of questions and a request if I could be so bold. My first question is what delivery method are we planning to use to put this into orbit around our moon now that the shuttle has been retired? And my second question concerns its name. Is this named after the Democratic Senator from Virginia? I know that he has also been the Secretary of the Navy and an Undersecretary of Defense, is there some astronomical achievement he has that I am not aware of?

And my request involves Dr. Amber Straughn herself. Have her brought to my chambers this evening, and see to it that she is bathed...

Astronomy Pirate said...

Ha, I wish for the good Dr.

But yeah, different James Webb. The guy who telescope is named after now is being called James E. Webb because of the Senator. James E. Webb was the second administrator of NASA, having served under Kennedy and Johnson, was responsible for overseeing the first manned launches.

As for the telescope, I had to look up its specific delivery method. Lots of things are put into space without the shuttles. Regular rockets are used all the time for various satellites. And because this telescope is going to be out beyond the Moon, the shuttle wouldn't be a good option anyways. Right now it appears that they are deciding on using an Ariane 5 rocket, which are manufactured by the European Space Agency.

Aracelis said...

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We invite you to follow us!
Greetings from Greece!

skinned sheep said...

thats awesome! thanks. i cant wait till we are able to bend light.

The Game Store Guy said...

Very cool. I'm glad to see that our technology is being upgraded. Not that the Hubble is bad or anything...but I look forward to seeing that we will learn.

JapRoulette said...

Hahaha, that's enough April Fools hahahah!

Robert Fünf said...

I can't wait to see what pictures this will give us. When will it be launched?

Astronomy Pirate said...

It's scheduled for 2014

Anita Johnson said...

Reminds me of that 8 year old astrophysicist lol.

Jay.CA said...

we should be getting some amazing images from this. :D

Choms1337 said...

very nice vid ;)

mac-and-me said...

great video

Toto said...

thanks for sharing!

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Anonymouse said...

pretty interesting stuff.

glivin said...

Interesting video, keep up the good work :)

G said...

Got to hear they're replacing Hubble

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

2014 can't come soon enough! Great video.

Zombie said...

Makes me want to go to space!!

Moob said...

interesting

BeefyWellington said...

She seems like a brilliant lady. A little nervous perhaps, but probably a stellar co-worker. I wish I were than calliber of thinker...
It's so awesome that NASA is continuing space pioneering! I can't wait to read more of their findings.

Tenko said...

Sounds awesome. They say the webb telescope will be able to detect the composition of atmospheres from light years away?

Venus said...

thanks for the vid. very interesting.

Kim Anders said...

wouw really interesting!

Sam said...

Agree wtih BeefyWellington, great for the NASA.

AJ said...

I'm waiting for the day when all of this stuff can think for itself... Kind of like skynet, but literally in the sky. ;)

Pago said...

That's pretty dope. It would pretty cool to see a star being born.

Pretty cool seeing that tube getting smashed.

Alphabeta said...

No kitties? : [

Patti D. said...

Great video, let's see if they succeed.

Devon Davidson said...

Aw, but I love cats. :(

ScottD said...

cool stuff!

Brock said...

Wow, so cool, the images and discoveries made with hubble were ground breaking I can't imagine what the JWST will do for us.

Moob said...

Very enlightening.

Glovey said...

Your work on this blog is great! keep it up!

Matt said...

Good video, I appreciate the insight. Plus, you're right - not exactly what I would think of when I think of astrophysicists!

cool_cicler said...

Pretty cool seeing that tube getting smashed.

Rockinrule said...

there is no safe place on the internet :(

Grafted said...

Cool video, very interesting

Flushing the Royals said...

Whoa! Cool!

Jessica Pendleton said...

Aw how could you skip caturday! Anyway, this is really neat. Following and supporting!

TheHarvester said...

sadly the video does work for me since its missing the "permission". dont know whats up with that

Biff Tanner said...

Not caturday!

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