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Webb Space Telescope Image Stirs Excitement as NASA Teases More Photos

“We are going to be able to answer questions that we don’t even know what the questions are yet,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

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The most precise space telescope ever built, the Hubble Space Telescope, has released its first images showing the early days of stars and galaxies.

An image taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and presented to the public by Vice President Joe Biden and President Kamala Harris was unveiled by NASA on Monday. The unprecedented infrared image, dubbed “Webb’s First Deep Field,” is the first look at the vast expanse of space from the $10 billion telescope operating at full power.

Kaleidoscopic images show the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 in its “deepest and sharpest infrared image,” which contains thousands of galaxies. In a sense, the image shows us what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago because light takes so long to travel from so far out in space.

Watch as NASA’s Webb telescope captures the most detailed and detailed infrared image of the early universe ever captured. In less than a day, I had it on film! As we begin to #UnfoldTheUniverse, this is Webb’s first image. https://t.co/tlougFWg8B pic.twitter.com/Y7ebmQwT7j — On July 11, 2022, the NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) will be launched.

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On Monday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson explained that light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second, which means that the images are nearly as old as the universe itself. In his words, the telescope will be so precise that it will be able to answer questions about the atmospheres of specific planets and whether or not they are habitable.

We will be able to answer questions that we haven’t even thought of yet when dealing with something of this magnitude, he asserted.

Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. EST, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will broadcast additional images from the mission.

The JWST has a 6.5 meter (21.3 feet) diameter golden primary mirror that provides its operational power. It was launched in December with the European Space Agency and the French company Arianespace. Small slivers of wavelength light are captured by the mirror’s 18 hexagonal segments, each of which measures 1.32 meters (4.33 feet) in diameter.

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For the first time, we could see stars outside our atmosphere thanks to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched in 1990. NASA was blown away by the telescope’s earlier images.

A “little speck” in the vastness of the universe, Nelson said, the images released by JWST on Monday are “just one little speck.”

This is the part of the universe you’re seeing when you hold a grain of sand at arm’s length, he said.

One of “humanity’s great engineering achievements,” according to Harris, was the telescope. It symbolized “the relentless spirit of American ingenuity,” according to Vice President Joe Biden.

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“People around the world will be reminded by these images that the United States can do incredible things. Reminding our children that there is nothing beyond their capacity will be a major part of their message “Biden was quoted as saying.

Bill Nelson’s campaign was contacted by Newsweek.

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