NASA releases first image taken by James Webb Space Telescope

(ORDO NEWS) — The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on February 11 published the first image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

“He (the telescope. – Ed.) created 1560 images, which is 54 GB of material. The whole process lasted about 25 hours, ”the message on the NASA website says.

In order to obtain a single image, the specialists arranged 18 randomly arranged “dots” obtained as a result of light reflection by segments of an untuned main mirror onto the auxiliary and NIRcam detectors.

NASA also indicated that engineers are currently aligning the main mirror of the telescope using NIRcam.

“Over the next month or a little longer, engineers will adjust the components of the mirror so that all 18 images are connected to one star,” the department added.

The telescope was launched on December 25, 2021 from the launch complex at the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. The next day, specialists adjusted the telescope’s flight path.

James Webb is a joint project between the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency.

The telescope will study the oldest stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang and search for potentially habitable planets. The estimated service life is 10 years.


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