NASA received the first images from Webb, and the scientists almost ... cried
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 30 June 2022, at 07:36 am Los Angeles time
Without saying too much, let's get straight to the point: NASA has received, is receiving, and will receive clear and full-color images from the James Webb Telescope. Yes, those images that will be shown to the world on July 12 are being seen by scientists right now.
We, we will have to wait another almost 2 weeks to see the images that almost made scientists cry, according to NASA.
Great, the James Webb Telescope amazes scientists and makes some beautiful images of the cosmos, while we have to wait ...
"The images are being taken right now," said Thomas Zurbuchen, the leader of NASA's scientific programs.
"There is already some amazing science in the can, and some others are yet to be taken as we go forward. We are in the middle of getting the history-making data down," he also said.
However, NASA said that whatever it is, it will not show the images to the world faster than the date scheduled, which is 10:30 am ET, July 12, 2022.
The space agency said that even if the images are available, they will be shown to the world only on the set date.
During a teleconference, yesterday, June 29, NASA's deputy administrator, Pam Melroy, spoke about the images that Webb has taken so far. "What I have seen moved me, as a scientist, as an engineer, and as a human being."
Zurbuchen puts us in suspense over Webb's images, saying that they almost made him cry.
He reported how he felt when he saw the first data and images from Webb.
"It's really hard not to look at the universe in a new light and not just have a moment that is deeply personal," Zurbuchen said.
"It's an emotional moment when you see nature suddenly releasing some of its secrets. And I would like you to imagine and look forward to that."
According to NASA, only two of Webb's scientific instruments are 100% calibrated for scientific observations. And in a proportion of over 75% are the other 2 instruments.
So, even scientists will be able to see images and data from Webb that will be made with the NIRCam and NIRSpec instruments only after about 1, 2 days, maximum 3 when they will also be declared "ready for scientific observations" by the Webb team.
More about the state of the instruments here.
Anyway, the main modes of instruments are functional, so we wish Webb success in making some observations that will amaze everyone!