With US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the US space agency NASA presented the first image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The image, which shows stars and galaxies, is “the deepest and brightest infrared view of the universe ever recorded,” NASA said. Biden spoke of a “historic day” Harris called “an exciting new capital in the exploration of our universe”.
On Tuesday (from 4.30 p.m.) NASA wanted to publish more images taken by the telescope. The color images were chosen by representatives of the various space agencies involved in the project and showed, among other things, the so-called Carina Nebula, a type of gas cloud, and the planet “Wasp-96b” located outside our solar system. NASA had previously announced.
The publication of the images also marks the official start of scientific work with the largest and most powerful telescope ever launched. A preview of sorts was published a few days ago: a portion of the image showing the stars and galaxies.
“James Webb” was launched on 25 December aboard the Ariane launch vehicle from the European Space Station in Kourou, French Guiana. Scientists hope that the photos taken by the telescope will provide insight into the time after the Big Bang, about 13.8 billion years ago. “James Web” was developed for about 30 years and cost about 10 billion dollars (about 8.8 billion euros). It follows the Hubble Telescope, which has been in use for more than 30 years.