#08: New detectors and microshutters for NIRSpec 25 February 2015 The past two months have seen a team of engineers engaged in the intricate activity of replacing key components of the Near InfraRed Spectrograph (NIRSpec) on the James Webb Space Telescope. The instrument is now ready for the next series of extensive environmental tests devised to ensure that JWST's instruments can withstand the stresses and strains of launch and operation in space. Read more
Inspired by the success of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency have collaborated since 1996 on the design and construction of a scientifically worthy successor. Due to be launched in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope is expected to have as profound and far-reaching an impact on astrophysics as did its famous predecessor.
#07: Summer 2014 - first combined test of all four instruments 24 February 2015 A major milestone was reached for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in the summer of 2014 when all four instruments, installed on the Integrated Science Instrument Module, completed cryogenic testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Read more
Symposium announcement: Exploring the Universe with JWST 12 March 2015 The 49th ESLAB symposium will be an international meeting dedicated to the presentation and discussion of future scientific research that will be enabled by the James Webb Space Telescope. This "Exploring the Universe with JWST" symposium will be held at the European Space Agency's technical centre (ESTEC), 12-16 October 2015. Read more
Strong and Steady - Behind the Webb Episode 28 23 September 2015 In this episode of the "Behind the Webb" video series, reporter Mary Estacion talks to experts Guenther Kling and Michel Bougoin about silicon carbide and how it was used by Airbus Defence and Space to manufacture elements of the Near-InfraRed Spectrograph, NIRSpec. Read more
ESA completes second instrument for James Webb Space Telescope 06 September 2013 ESA has completed the Near-Infrared Spectrograph, one of two instruments it is contributing to the international James Webb Space Telescope, a space observatory set for launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2018. Read more