NASA To Release Images From The James Webb Space Telescope

Reisha Shetty
Junior Digital Writer

After almost half a year of commissioning in space, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will finally release its first full-colour images and spectroscopic data on July 12, 2022. Being one of the largest and most complex observatories that has ever been launched into space, the telescope has been working on a six-month preparation period, before the scientific work can really start.

According to NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope will be studying two major hot exoplanets, also known as ‘Super-Earths’. The officials have shared that tier in-depth science investigation will help them study geology on these planets that are 50 light-years away

The Space Telescope has high-precision spectrographs that will be trained according to the planets in order to learn more about their geological diversity as well as study the evolution of the rocky planets. Webb’s first full-colour images have been carefully planned by the science visuals development team at NASA. Along with the images, the telescope will also be able to capture spectroscopic data, a piece of detailed information that can help astronomers read in light.

The first batch of images will include everything that inspired the mission, like the early universe, the evolution of galaxies through time along with the life cycle of the stars. The data that was created while aligning the telescope and its preparation of the instruments will also be made available to the public.