after launch, we will see the color images captured by the telescope for the first time. The European Space Agency announces imagery and first spectroscopic data on July 12.
“The release of Webb’s first color images will give us all a unique moment to stop and marvel at a sight that humanity has never seen before,” said Eric Smith, Webb Deputy Program Director. “These images will be the culmination of decades of dedication, talent and dreams – but they will also only be the beginning.”
JWST required several months of preparation before starting the scientific work. The process included its operating temperature, instrument calibration and mirror alignment. ESA, NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSci) spent more than five years figuring out what Webb should capture first in order to show what the observatory can do.
NASA captured this JWST during the , but it’s unclear what the color images will look like. “Of course, there are things we’re waiting and hoping to see, but with a new telescope and this new high-resolution infrared data, we won’t know until we see it,” Joseph DePasquale said. , lead developer of STScI science visuals.
Once the observatory has captured its first proper images, it will begin scientific observations. Astronomers will analyze data captured by JWST’s infrared sensors and publish articles about their findings.
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