Official science observations are scheduled to start in July, after the James Webb Telescope goes through its last part of testing. The massive telescope captured some recent test pictures of a neighbouring satellite galaxy. The results are far clearer when compared to the images taken by NASA’s infrared observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope.
The James Webb Telescope has 18 mirror segments bigger than the single one on Spitzer. Chief scientist for Webb’s near-infrared camera, Marcia Rieke said “It’s not until you actually see the kind of image that it delivers that you really internalize and go, “Wow!’ … Just think of what we’re going to learn.”
The telescope was roughly $10 billion US and is the largest and most powerful astronomical observatory ever sent into space. It was launched in December and will look for light released by stars and galaxies close to 14 billion years ago.
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