Breaking news: Webb is full focus, NASA showing new images taken by telescope

28/04/2022
Credit image: NASA/STScI
Credit image: NASA/STScI

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 28 April 2022, at 11:23 am Los Angeles time

Very important news from space: NASA recently announced that the alignment of the James Webb Telescope is 100% complete!

Also, a very good announcement from both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) is that after a long review, Webb was declared "fit" to take clear and well-focused photos.

This means that the photos that will be taken by Webb will give the highest quality.

After completing the sixth and final alignment stage, NASA has decided to move on to the final chapter of Webb's commissioning.

The scientists who coordinate Webb from the ground up will have to put Webb's tools into operation, and then do a final check, which will take approx. 2 months. Thus, the plan planned before the launch for Webb to start scientific observations this fall is being followed.

NASA also shows us new images captured by Webb's entire field of view, which clearly shows that Webb's alignment on all instruments is complete. You can see them above.

"These remarkable test images from a successfully aligned telescope demonstrate what people across countries and continents can achieve when there is a bold scientific vision to explore the universe," said Lee Feinberg, Webb optical telescope element manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"With the completion of telescope alignment and half a lifetime's worth of effort, my role on the James Webb Space Telescope mission has come to an end," said Scott Acton, Webb wavefront sensing and controls scientist, Ball Aerospace. "These images have profoundly changed the way I see the universe. We are surrounded by a symphony of creation; there are galaxies everywhere! It is my hope that everyone in the world can see them."

More information about what Webb will do before the major observation can be found here.

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