As the planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, even the smallest of parts on the James Webb Space Telescope will play a critical role in its performance. “Actuators” are one component that will help Webb focus on some of the earliest objects in the universe. Pictured is the Webb engineering design unit’s primary mirror […]
By Patricia Pahlavani The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) recently implemented the new NESC Academy (nescacademy.nasa.gov),
By Kerry Ellis Seven years ago, I was hired as an editor for NASA’s ASK Magazine. Being a rare English major math minor hybrid and a generally curious sort who liked taking things apart to see how they worked, I was thrilled for the opportunity to get an inside look at NASA.
By Kerry Ellis Radiation is one of many hazards in space exploration. It causes electronics to fail, degrades sensitive instrumentation, and affects astronaut safety—just a few of the things NASA protects against when launching missions to space.
By Amber Straughn On a small farm in the Middle of Nowhere, Arkansas, the sky was beautiful at night. Looking up at all those stars is how I became interested in astronomy as a child. Later on, Hubble began to release its beautiful images, which made me start asking those big science questions, such […]
By Jay Grinstead When I took the International Project Management (IPM) course at Kennedy Space Center in the winter of 2012, I had already had some experience working with NASA’s international partners. In fact it was that work, which introduced me to some of the cultural and organizational complexity of working internationally, that convinced […]
By Mike Menzel The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in 2018, is expected to show us the most distant galaxies that formed in the early life of the universe. To do this, it has light-gathering capability unprecedented in a space telescopeits 6.5-meter-diameter mirror has more than six times the light-collecting area […]