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First science-quality images from James Webb to be revealed soon

By T.K. Randall
June 3, 2022 · Comment icon 6 comments

The images should be nothing if not impressive. Image Credit: NASA
The next-generation space telescope is almost ready to wow us with spectacular images of the cosmos.
Get ready for a whole new window on the universe! The James Webb Space Telescope - the most powerful and complex telescope ever launched into space - is about to begin operations, with NASA announcing that it will be revealing the first science-quality images on July 12th.

It's not clear exactly what the first images will show as the subject of them is currently still a secret.

"Our goals for Webb's first images and data are both to showcase the telescope's powerful instruments and to preview the science mission to come," said project scientist Klaus Pontoppidan.

"They are sure to deliver a long-awaited 'wow' for astronomers and the public."
The next-generation telescope, which arrived at its destination back in January, has since been undergoing a six-month commissioning process to get it ready for general use.

Once it is fully operational, it will be capable of providing much clearer images of distant objects than the Hubble Space Telescope and will even be able to take a closer look at extrasolar planets.

"Webb is an exemplary mission that signifies the epitome of perseverance," program director Gregory L. Robinson was previously quoted as saying.

"I am inspired by our dedicated team and our global partnerships that have made this incredible endeavour possible."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 6 months ago
Looking forward to this.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 6 months ago
I believe the images will be magnificent.
Comment icon #3 Posted by L.A.T.1961 6 months ago
About time  It might stop all the youtube videos that claim new images have already been taken. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 6 months ago
First science-quality heavily redacted images from James Webb to be revealed soon
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 6 months ago
There's nothing to redact. It's science.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Still Waters 5 months ago
Webb telescope: NASA to reveal deepest image ever taken of universe NASA administrator Bill Nelson said Wednesday the agency will reveal the "deepest image of our universe that has ever been taken" on July 12, thanks to the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope. "If you think about that, this is farther than humanity has ever looked before," Nelson said during a press briefing at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the operations center for the $10 billion observatory that was launched in December last year and is now orbiting the Sun a million miles (1.5 million kilomet... [More]

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