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[Blog] Awesomeness Round-Up – 9/14/2011

14 Sep 2011, 15:51 UTC
[Blog] Awesomeness Round-Up – 9/14/2011
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Bill Nye the Science Guy paid a visit to NASA Goddard on Thursday, September 9th, 2011, and while he was here he checked out some James Webb Space Telescope hardware and talked to some of the project’s scientists.
There’s a great Flickr set of photos of his visit – but we thouht this one of him doing something many of us do, a phone self-portrait, was really fun.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Bill Hrybyk
Here’s another of him with the Webb model:

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Bill Hrybyk
In additional Webb news, all of its mirrors are not only polished, but coated in gold! (This is something that optimizes the mirror for infrared observations.) It’s a microscopically thin coating and completing this on all the mirrors is a big milestone for the project! You can read more at the NASA feature.

Any college professors or undergraduate students out there? NASA is giving undergraduate students the opportunity to fly experiments in microgravity!
For more information on the program and how to propose and experiment, visit the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program website: http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/

Credit: NASA/ESA/P. Hartigan (Rice University)
How about some Hubble news? New movies created from years of still images collected by NASA’s Hubble Space ...

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