The first images obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope will be released on July 12. NASA announced that on July 12 it will publish the first images obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope, which include “the deepest image of the universe ever taken”.
“This is as far as humanity has ever seen and we are only beginning to understand what Webb can and will do,” said Bill Nelson, administrator of the US space agency.
Although he did not provide details on which elements of the early universe the space telescope focused on, nor their age, he suggested that the image will show the oldest space objects seen to date.
Doing so would exceed the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing galaxies a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, which occurred about 13.7 billion years ago.
On the other hand, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the directorate of scientific missions of NASA, revealed that on July 12 the images of the first spectrum of an exoplanet captured by the James Webb. These spectra, which measure the amount of light emitted at certain wavelengths, provide clues to a planet’s chemistry, which is linked to its formation history.
The James Webb Space Telescope, whose cost reached 10,000 million dollars, was launched last December 25 with a Ariane 5 rocket. It is considered to be the most powerful and costly in history and will allow us to observe space with new ‘eyes’, reaching places hitherto inaccessible. It is estimated that its power is one hundred times greater than that of its predecessor Hubble, which is about to complete 32 years in orbit.