– Joe Biden presents the first color image of the James Webb Telescope
The James Webb Telescope provides the “deepest view of all time” in the universe. NASA plans to release more images on Tuesday.
Together with US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the US space agency NASA presented the first image taken with the James Webb Space Telescope. On Monday (local time), NASA said the recording from which stars and galaxies can be seen is “the deepest and most accurate infrared view of the universe ever recorded.” Biden talks about a “historic day,” Harris talks about an “exciting new capital in the exploration of the universe.”
On Tuesday (from 4.30 p.m. CST), NASA wanted to publish more images captured by the telescope. The color images were selected by representatives of various space agencies participating in the project and showed, among other things, the so-called Carina Nebula, a type of gas cloud, and the planet “Wasp-96 b” located outside our solar system,” NASA announced earlier.
The largest and most powerful telescope ever launched
The publication of the images also marks the official start of scientific work on the largest and most powerful telescope ever launched into space. A kind of preview was posted a few days ago: a clip of an image showing stars and galaxies.
James Webb was launched on December 25 aboard the Ariane launch vehicle from the European Space Station at Kourou, French Guiana. Scientists hope that the images taken by the telescope will provide an insight into the time after the Big Bang about 13.8 billion years ago. James Webb was developed for 30 years and cost about 10 billion dollars (about 8.8 billion euros). It follows the Hubble telescope, which has been in use for more than 30 years.