What to look forward to: The first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope will be released to the public on July 12. While the governing bodies have already decided what Webb’s first targets will be, no one knows exactly what the first images will look like.
Webb, a partnership between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is the largest and most complex telescope ever launched into space. NASA general images of the scope’s coolest instrument, the mid-infrared instrument (MIRI), taken in May, which highlighted the sharpness of the instrument.
The upcoming images will be the first full-color examples and the first to showcase the full extent of Webb’s scientific capabilities. We were told that spectroscopic data would also be attached to the images. In addition, all data obtained during scope alignment as well as preparing your tools will also be made public.
Eric Smith, Webb Program Fellow at NASA Headquarters, said the images will offer a unique moment for everyone to stop and admire a view that humanity has never seen before.
“Of course, there are things that we expect and hope to see, but with a new telescope and this new high-resolution infrared data, we just won’t know until we see,” said Joseph DePasquale, lead developer of scientific imaging at the Space Telescope Science Institute ( STScI) in Baltimore.
Webb may well have discovered unexpected discoveries that no one expected, as the Hubble Space Telescope did several decades ago. It may also help answer eternal question from anyway we are alone in the universe.
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