“What I have seen moved me as a scientist, an engineer and a human being.”
NASA's deputy administrator Pamela Melroy after seeing a preview of images from the James Webb Space Telescope. The first full-color image from the telescope will be released to the public on Monday by President Joe Biden.
jul 11, 2022
- At the White House at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, President Biden will reveal an unprecedented image from the biggest telescope ever launched into space — the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, NASA will then release another four images captured from the telescope's gaze far into space.
- These images will be the first full-color images released to the public from Webb, which can analyze infrared light to see far into space.
- NASA released a list detailing what will be pictured in the five images to be released. One image will be of the Carina Nebula, "one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky." NASA explains: "Nebulae are stellar nurseries where stars form. The Carina Nebula is home to many massive stars, several times larger than the Sun."
- The James Webb Space Telescope was launched into space on Christmas Day 2021 and has since traveled to its "parking spot" nearly 1 million miles away from Earth. Considered the successor to the Hubble Telescope, the distant light captured by Webb essentially allows it to look back in time nearly 14 billion years ago and observe some of the earliest galaxies ever formed.
Why It Matters: The James Webb Space Telescope has been in the making for more than 25 years, and is the product of the collective efforts of more than 20,000 astronomers, engineers, technicians and bureaucrats. As The New York Times reports, this telescope and its observations will "define astronomy for a new generation of astronomers, who have been eagerly awaiting their own rendezvous with the cosmos."
*July 12, 2022 UPDATE*: Click HERE to view the first full-color images with descriptions from the James Webb Space Telescope.
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Biden to reveal first image from NASA's new space telescope (Associated Press)