Project Blue
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is an Aricibo-type telescope. It is funded by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and managed by the National Astronomical observatories (NAOC) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with the government of Guizhou province as a cooperation partner. Credit:
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Arecibo Observatory
Asteroid specialist and doctoral candidate Alessondra "Sondy" Springmann. Credit: MIT photo by Eric Schmiedle
NASA's hobbled Kepler telescope continues to hunt exoplanets by using solar pressure along with the remaining two reaction wheels and thrusters to orient the spacecraft. Credit: NASA illustration
A rich starry sky fills the view from an ancient gas-giant planet in the core of the globular star cluster M4, as imagined in this artist's concept. The 13-billion-year-old planet orbits a helium white-dwarf star and the millisecond pulsar B1620-26, seen at lower left. Credit: NASA and G. Bacon (STScI)

Telescope Gets Second Life as Part-time Debris Hunter


A large ground-based telescope useful for studying orbital debris as well as traditional astronomical targets has been given a second life under a cooperative agreement involving NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the University of Hawaii and the University of Arizona.

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Search for Life Beyond Earth Will Require Giant Telescope


“To find evidence of actual life is going to take another generation of telescopes,” JWST telescope scientist Matt Mountain said.

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Ball Building Optics for DoE Ground Telescope


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will monitor dark matter and dark energy and observe transient events such as asteroids.

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SOFIA is a 747SP aircraft equipped with a 2.5-meter infrared telescope. Credit: NASA

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