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NASA draws back curtain on Webb space telescope’s first full-colour images
World

NASA draws back curtain on Webb space telescope’s first full-colour images

NASA has revealed stunning images showing billions of years of cosmic evolution with the inaugural batch of photos from the largest, most powerful observatory ever launched to space, saying the luminous imagery showed the telescope exceeds expectations. The first full-colour, high-resolution pictures from the James Webb Space Telescope, designed to peer further than before with greater clarity to the dawn of the universe, were hailed by NASA as a milestone marking a new era of astronomical exploration. Nearly two decades in the making and built under contract by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman, the $US9 billion ($NZ14.6b) infrared telescope was launched on 25 December, 2021. It reached its destination in solar orbit nearly 1.6 million kilometres from Earth a month later. With Web...
NASA’s VIPER mission delayed to 2024, is designed to look for origin of water on Moon
Tech

NASA’s VIPER mission delayed to 2024, is designed to look for origin of water on Moon

NASA has requested the Astrobotic and VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) team to adjust VIPER’s delivery to the Moon’s South Pole from November 2023 to November 2024. VIPER is a rover that will return measurements that will provide insight into the origin and distribution of water on the Moon and help determine how future human space exploration missions can harvest the Moon’s resources. VIPER is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which allows the acquisition of lunar delivery services from American companies for payloads for the moon that advance science, exploration or commercial development capabilities. Through CLPS, NASA contracted Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic to deliver VIPER to the lunar surface on the company’s Griffin lander....