A Major Milestone for the James Webb Space Telescope, a “Mini” Monster Black Hole [Video]

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Northrup Grumman

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A great milestone for James Webb Space Telescope, which astronomers could learn from mini monsters black hole, and the latest estimate of the global surface temperature of our planet – a few stories that we will tell you this week at NASA.

And we have a fully deployed JWST observatory.


On January 8, our James Webb Space Telescope team reached a major milestone in the mission when it completed the installation of the 21-foot telescope’s primary mirror. This successfully completed the final phase of all major deployments of spacecraft needed to prepare for scientific operations.

The next step is to start moving the 18 primary segments of the mirror to align the optics of the telescope – a process that will take months. For more mission details, visit nasa.gov/webb.

Our X-ray observatory Chandra has identified a supermassive or monstrous black hole in the dwarf galaxy MRK 462 that could help astronomers learn more about how the largest black holes grow.

This is one of the first times that a hidden supermassive black hole has been found in a dwarf galaxy. MRK 462 contains only a few hundred million stars, unlike them, in ours there are several hundred billion stars Milky Way galaxy.

According to independent analyzes by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global average surface temperature of our planet in 2021 is equal to 2018 as the sixth warmest recorded. This continues the long-term trend of global warming during which the past eight years have been the warmest years.

Monitoring global temperature trends is a key indicator of the impact of human activities on climate and quality of life on Earth. Learn more about NASA’s Earth science missions at nasa.gov/earth.

On Jan. 10, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced that Dr. Katherine Calvin would serve as the agency’s new chief scientist and senior climate adviser. She replaces former chief scientist Jim Green, who recently retired, and Gavin Schmidt, who was acting senior climate adviser.

The position of Senior Climate Adviser has been established to ensure that the Biden Harris administration’s climate goals are effectively met for the agency.

Also on January 10, our 10 newest candidates for astronauts reported for duty at our Johnson Space Center and were sworn in starting their two-year training schedule.

When their training is complete, they could be assigned to missions on the International Space Station, launching from American soil to spacecraft built by commercial companies, or to Artemis missions to the moon with NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System rocket.

As teams continue to prepare our Space Launch System or SLS rocket for this year’s Artemis unmanned test flight around the moon we and our partners across the country are also making progress in building a rocket for Artemis II, Artemis ’first mission to the moon with astronauts.

We are also engaged in the production and testing of major pieces of rocket hardware for Artemis 3, 4 and 5 missions. Mars.

That’s what’s happening this week at NASA for more on these and other stories, follow us on the web at nasa.gov/twan.

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