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This Week @ NASA: Webb Space Telescope Update

What’s next for the James Webb Space Telescope? …

What’s up with the raging water on this launch pad?

And virtual journeys to some distant destinations … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

Webb Space Telescope Update

The James Webb Space Telescope’s cryogenic vacuum testing at our Johnson Space Center verified it’s ready for the cold, harsh environment of space, and its mission …

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Science:
“…that uncovers a part of the universe we have not seen.”

From distant worlds orbiting other stars, to mysterious cosmic structures that could help answer questions about our universe and our place in it.

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Science:
“Webb is truly a civilization scale mission. Everything we’re going to see from Webb is going to be profoundly new and surprising.”

Launch of Webb is set for 2019.

Flight through Orion Nebula

A new visualization that takes you on a virtual flight through the Orion Nebula uses visible-light observations from our Hubble Space Telescope and infrared-light observations from the Spitzer Space telescope. The visible and infrared views alternate as you fly into the star-forming region – to show how the gaseous landscape has been illuminated and carved by high-energy radiation and strong stellar winds from the massive hot stars in the central cluster.

360 Degree View from the Center of the Galaxy

From the Orion Nebula, to the center of our Galaxy … a new 360 degree online movie created with data from our Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, lets you take a self-guided “look-see” around the Milky Way galaxy – from the vantage point of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A. The movie, which starts 350 years in the past, spans about 500 years.

Raging Water on Launch Pad!

On first glance — looks like launch pad 39B at our Kennedy Space Center has sprung a massive leak. But it’s actually a test …

… about 450,000 gallons of water – from a holding tank at the launch pad, was used to test the Ignition Overpressure/Sound Suppression system, designed to protect our Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft from acoustic and temperature effects during a launch.

Orion and SLS are set to begin flights next year, and will carry humans farther into the solar system than ever before.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA …

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