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James Webb Space Telescope Image: US President Joe Biden previews the first image

Washington:

US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris preview the first image taken by the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope- James Webb Telescope– Today at the White House. The image was released yesterday before NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) released full-color images and spectroscopic data obtained from the telescope.

The image covers a patch of sky the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length on the ground and shows thousands of galaxies and the faintest objects ever observed.

Releasing the image, US President Joe Biden said, “Today is a historic day … this is a historic moment, for America and all of humanity.

US Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her excitement during the preview of the images. “It’s a very exciting moment for all of us. Today marks an exciting new chapter for the universe,” she said.

“We’re looking back over 13 billion years,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said after releasing the first image from the James Webb Telescope. The light you see on one of these tiny particles has been around for 13 billion years. traveling.”

“The release of these first images is the official start of Webb’s science operations, which will continue to explore the mission’s key science themes,” NASA said of the images.

Images from the $10 billion James Webb TelescopeThese are being released after a six-month process of remotely quantifying the various components of the observatory, ushering in a revolutionary era of astronomical discovery.

NASA on Friday revealed the first five cosmic goals of James Webb. These include: the Carina Nebula, WASP-96b, the Southern Ring Nebula, Stephen’s Quintet and SMACS 0723. The targets were selected by an international committee, which included members from NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and Space Telescope Science. Institute in Baltimore.

Although the James Webb Space Telescope mission—launched into space in December 2021—was originally expected to last 10 years, NASA said it has enough spare fuel capacity to operate for 20 years.