NASA will release the first color images from the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12
NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will release the first color spectroscopic images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope during a television broadcast from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT on July 12 (8 p.m. IST).
How to see the first images from the James Webb Telescope
The images will be released one by one and will show the most powerful space telescope ever deployed at full power and ready to begin its many scientific missions. The images will simultaneously be made available on social media and on the NASA website at nasa.gov/webbfirstimages.
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8 p.m. IST: Live coverage of the image release will air on NASA TV, the NASA app, the agency’s website, and via NASA’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, and Daily Motion.
9:30 p.m. IST: After the live broadcast, NASA and partner agencies will hold a joint press conference on the same menu. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA TV, the NASA app and the NASA website.
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Preparation of the James Webb Space Telescope
The space telescope went through a six-month preparation period before its scientific work. During this preparation, his instruments were calibrated to their environment and his mirrors were aligned. But towards the end of May, a tiny meteoroid hit it and knocked one of its gold-plated mirrors out of alignment.
This left a small but noticeable effect on the telescope’s data, according to NASA. But the agency added that the James Webb Space Telescope “still performs at a level that exceeds all mission requirements.”
There was also a delicate readjustment of the impacted mirror segment to help undo any distortion that may have been caused by the impact. NASA says this event should have no effect on the release schedule for the first images from the telescope.