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The first full-color photographs from the Webb space telescope are revealed by NASA

NASA officials pulled back the veil on a wider exhibition of brilliant photographs taken by the largest and most powerful observatory ever flown to orbit on Tuesday, following a US presidential sneak look of a galaxy-studded image from the deep cosmos.

NASA heralded the release of the first full-color, high-resolution images from the James Webb Space Telescope as a turning point in astronomical exploration. The telescope was created to see farther and more clearly than ever before at the beginning of the cosmos. The $9 billion infrared telescope, which has been in the works for almost 20 years and was created for NASA by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp., was launched on December 25, 2021. A month later, it arrived at its target in solar orbit, which is around 1 million miles away from Earth.

After spending months remotely aligning Webb’s mirrors and calibrating its instruments, the telescope is now in peak condition and will be used to study the evolution of galaxies, the life cycle of stars, the atmospheres of far-off exoplanets, and the moons of our outer solar system, among other topics.

Approximately 300 scientists, telescope engineers, politicians, and senior officials from NASA and its international partners were welcomed into a jam-packed and energetic auditorium at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for the big reveal with whoops and hollers from a vivacious “cheer team.”

NASA Administrator James Nelson proclaimed that “every image is a discovery” from the stage, saying, “I didn’t know I was coming to a cheer rally today.” From Bhopal, India, to Vancouver, British Columbia, the event was simultaneously televised to watch parties of astronomy aficionados throughout the world.

The first set of images, which required weeks to produce from Webb’s raw data, were chosen by NASA to highlight the telescope’s potential and hint to upcoming science missions. forecast future scientific expeditions. The most impressive first image was a “deep field” photograph of the far-off galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, which offered the most in-depth look at the early universe ever captured. This image was previewed on Monday by US President Biden at the White House but was officially unveiled on Tuesday with greater fanfare.

Mahnur Mehfooz
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Mahnur is MS(development Studies)Student at NUST University, completed BS Hons in Eng Literature. Content Writer, Policy analyst, Climate Change specialist, Teacher, HR Recruiter.




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