Editor’s opinion: President Joe Biden will help NASA unveil one of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, a day ahead of schedule. It would be easy to come to any number of conclusions about today’s event based on the lens through which it is viewed, but it’s probably best to just enjoy the historical event for what it is.

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NASA and eager enthusiasts have been waiting for this day for a long time. Planning for a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope began in the early 1990s. After what seemed like countless delays and budget overruns, Webb finally went into space on Christmas Day 2021 and spent the next month traveling to his orbit about a million miles from Earth.

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Some may view Biden’s involvement as a PR stunt to boost approval ratings. Others may be outraged that NASA is not sticking to its original release schedule, or see it as a sign of the times (instant gratification). Going even further into the realm of the unlikely, it is likely that Webb has found something truly innovative, and this must be considered independently of other observations due to be published tomorrow.

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Whatever the case, all we know for now is that it will happen later today at 5:00 pm EST. Biden will share one of First images of Webb as part of a preliminary event at the White House. The event will be broadcast live NASA TVand agency administrator Bill Nelson will provide comments.

The image in question is called “Webb’s First Deep Field” and will show the deepest view of our Universe at the highest resolution.