By MARCIA DUNN
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new space telescope opened its huge, gold-plated, flower-shaped mirror Saturday, the final step in the observatory’s dramatic unfurling.
The last portion of the 21-foot (6.5-meter) mirror swung into place at flight controllers’ command, completing the unfolding of the James Webb Space Telescope.
“I’m emotional about it. What an amazing milestone. We see that beautiful pattern out there in the sky now,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s science missions chief.
More powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, the $10 billion Webb will scan the cosmos for light streaming from the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago. To accomplish this, NASA had to outfit Webb with the biggest and most sensitive mirror ever launched — its “golden eye,” as scientists call it.
Webb is so big that it had to be folded orgami-style to fit in the rocket that soared from South America two weeks ago. The riskiest operation occurred earlier in the week, when the tennis court-size sunshield unfurled, providing subzero shade for the mirror and infrared detectors.
Flight controllers in Baltimore began opening the primary mirror Friday, unfolding the left side like a drop-leaf table. The mood was even more upbeat Saturday, with peppy music filling the control room as the right side snapped into place. After applauding, the controllers immediately got back to work, latching everything down.
This mirror is made of beryllium, a lightweight yet sturdy and cold-resistant metal. Each of its 18 segments is coated with an ultra thin layer of gold, highly reflective of infrared light. The hexagonal, coffee table-size segments must be adjusted in the days and weeks ahead so they can focus as one on stars, galaxies and alien worlds that might hold atmospheric signs of life.
Webb should reach its destination 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) away in another two weeks. If all continues to go well, science observations will begin this summer. Astronomers hope to peer back to within 100 million years of the universe-forming Big Bang, closer than Hubble has achieved.
The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
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Capital One Venture X Instant Approval: My Experience
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Several weeks ago we saw the launch of the new Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, which is Capital One’s new premium credit card. I applied for the card on launch day, and was instantly approved. I wanted to share my experience, and also share some trends I’m noticing based on all the application data points provided by OMAAT readers since the card opened for applications (and please continue to share your application approvals and denials in the comments section, so we can get as many data points as possible).
In this post I wanted to go over everything you need to know about getting approved for the Capital One Venture X.
Why you should apply for the Capital One Venture X
The Capital One Venture X is worth applying for, plain and simple. The card has a $395 annual fee, but has so much to offer:
The Venture X has a massive welcome bonus of 100,000 bonus miles upon completing minimum spending, plus a $200 vacation rental credit (which anecdotally works for lots of purchases); I consider this to be the best credit card welcome bonus out there, and value this at $1,900In the long run, the Venture X offers two perks that should more than offset the annual fee — a $300 annual travel credit, plus 10,000 bonus anniversary miles (redeemable for a minimum of $100 worth of travel)The Venture X offers incredible lounge access perks, including a Priority Pass membership and access to Capital One Lounges (the first lounge opened at DFW — read my review here)You can add up to four authorized users to the Venture X at no extra cost, and they receive many of the same great perks, including lounge accessThe Venture X also offers Hertz President’s Circle elite status, primary rental car coverage, cell phone protection, a TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry fee credit, and moreThe card offers 2x Venture miles per dollar spent, which can be converted into 2x airline miles with a variety of programs; that makes this the best card for everyday spending, in my opinion
The math more than checks out here — this really is an unbelievably rewarding card, and competes favorably with the best premium cards out there.
Access Capital One Lounges with the Venture X
Capital One Venture X eligibility requirements
I know for some people in the travel space, the Capital One Venture X may be the first Capital One product that they’re applying for. There are a lot of rumors about Capital One’s application restrictions, so let’s go over the basic eligibility requirements you need to be aware of. I’d say overall it’s surprisingly good news, and that this card is anecdotally easier to get approved for than some other Capital One cards.
What are Capital One’s approval restrictions?
Capital One doesn’t officially publish any restrictions around being approved for new cards.
Many suggest that you can only be approved for one Capital One card every six months (it doesn’t matter whether it’s personal or business). However, there are several data points of people being instantly approved despite having picked up another Capital One card more recently than that.
There has also in the past been a rumor that you typically can’t have more than two Capital One personal credit cards at a time (excluding co-brand cards). There are many data points suggesting that this is no longer a policy (with several people reporting getting more than two cards), so personally I wouldn’t put much weight on that.
I’d say that’s all good news — it doesn’t seem like there are any hard-and-fast rules around Capital One card approvals in this case.
What credit score do you need to be approved for the Venture X?
There’s not a consistent rule as to what credit score you need to be approved for the Capital One Venture X, though I’d recommend having a credit score in the “good” to “excellent” category if you’re going to apply for this card.
Personally, I probably wouldn’t apply if my credit score were under 700, and ideally, I’d hope to have a credit score of 740 or higher. That being said, some people with scores lower than that report being approved, and some people with scores higher than that report being rejected. There are lots of factors that go into approval — your income, your credit history, how much credit Capital One has already extended you, etc.
Can you get the Venture X if you have the Venture?
Yep, you sure can. You are eligible for the Capital One Venture X, including the welcome bonus, even if you have another version of the Capital One Venture. Just apply for the card outright, and hopefully you’ll be approved. While it may also be possible to product change, note that you wouldn’t be eligible for the new cardmember bonus then.
Does Capital One deny people with excellent credit?
There’s a rumor out there that Capital One denies many people with excellent credit, because Capital One allegedly wants customers who carry a balance and finance charges (after all, that’s one way that credit card issuers make money).
I can’t personally speak to that. I’ve definitely seen some data points about people with excellent credit being denied for Capital One cards, though both of the Capital One cards I’ve applied for have been instant approvals (and I have excellent credit and don’t carry a balance). The data points we’ve seen since the card launched suggest that lots of people are receiving an instant approval, including some people who had previously been rejected for the “standard” Venture.
I’ll take it a step further — I’m starting to think that the Venture X might just be easier to be approved for than some other Capital One cards, especially for those with excellent credit. While there are some mysterious reports of denials, overall people who have excellent credit and don’t carry a balance are reporting that they’re being approved.
That’s not to say some people won’t be denied (obviously that will happen, and there are reports of that), but it does seem people are being approved at a higher rate than we were expecting. That’s great news.
People are having good luck getting approved for the Venture X
Does Capital One still pull from all three credit bureaus?
Capital One is one of the only card issuers that pulls credit from all three credit bureaus when you apply for a card. That’s still the case, though personally I don’t view this as a big deal at all. Your score will typically be dinged a few points temporarily when you apply for a card, and it really shouldn’t matter with how many bureaus your credit is pulled. At least that’s my take — this restriction has never really bothered me, though I know others feel differently.
Can you apply for the Venture X if you’ve frozen your credit?
Some people choose to freeze their credit reports as a way of preventing identity theft (it’s not personally something I do, for what it’s worth). You have to unfreeze your credit in order to apply for a card, so I’ve had some people ask what happens if they unfreeze their credit with just one or two of the three bureaus.
In general I’d recommend unfreezing your credit with all three bureaus if you plan on applying for the Venture X. Most people who try to apply with frozen credit with one or more bureaus report denials, so that’s not a chance I’d take.
Which is the minimum credit line for the Venture X?
The Venture X is a Visa Infinite Card, and Visa Infinite products have a minimum credit line of $10,000.
What is the maximum credit line for the Venture X?
While there’s probably not going to be an official maximum credit line, anecdotally I haven’t seen reports of credit lines of over $30,000. If anyone has a higher credit line, please report back.
How long does it take to get approved for the Venture X?
It really depends. Some people report getting instant approvals on the Venture X, while others may have their application status go to “pending.” Don’t worry if you’re not instantly approved, sometimes applications require manual review, and that can take several days.
What happens if you get denied for the Venture X?
If you’re not sure if you’ll be approved for the Venture X, should you be worried about getting denied? Generally speaking, getting denied for a credit card isn’t a big deal at all. You can always apply again in the future, and it’s not like a denial is reported negatively on your credit report. Rather the inquiry as such will show on your credit report (and could temporarily lower your credit score a few points), but that’s about it.
Capital One Venture X application guide
I applied for the Capital One Venture X when it launched, and wanted to share my experience with the application process. The application took all of two minutes to fill out. The first page asked for my name, date of birth, and social security number.
The next page asked for my mailing address details, plus my email address and phone number.
The next page asked for financial information, including employment status, income, my monthly rent or mortgage, basic information about what kind of accounts I have, how much I spend on credit cards, and if I typically carry a balance (those last two are optional, and I left them blank).
I was then asked if I wanted to add additional cardmembers in the event that I’m approved.
At that point I was asked to confirm that all the information I provided was accurate, and then my application was submitted — I was instantly approved, with a huge credit line no less. Ford had the same experience, and also got an instant approval. Woot!
The Capital One Venture X was recently launched and is open to applicants, and I’m thrilled that I was instantly approved. This is simply a phenomenal new card, both in terms of the welcome bonus, as well as in terms of the ongoing perks.
The card offers annual benefits that more than justify the annual fee (a $300 travel credit plus 10K bonus miles), and on top of that the card offers awesome lounge access perks, rental car status, a great return on everyday spending, unbeatable authorized user perks, and more.
More data points would be useful, so if you applied for the Venture X, what was your experience like? Instant approval, denial, or what? The more info OMAAT readers can share, the better!
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