Saturday, January 20, 2007

IBM to Develop James Webb Telescope Software

NASA announced that IBM will develop the software for its upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to be launched in 2013. The required software for the telescope, designed to succeed the hugely successful Hubble Space Telescope, will be written in C++ and developed using the Unified Modeling Language.

The James Webb Space Telescope will feature a folding 21-inch primary mirror and other cutting edge technology.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Astro Word of the Day; Plutoed

The word 'plutoed,' which means being relegated to a lower rank, was chosen as word of the day by the American Dialect Society. The word originated of course from 'Pluto,' which was relegated by the International Astronomical Union to minor planet status last year