NASA has shared James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) initial photos. On July 12, 2022, a colour image was released during a white house event by president Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris.
These images set the beginning of a new telescope, and according to NASA, for the first-time images explore a star birth. At least 150 million pixels were gathered from more than 1,000 separate images, as reported by NASA, to create the above picture.
The JWST is worth $10 billion and it took more than 20 years to be assembled. President Joe Biden said galaxy cluster 0723 is a new beginning of our history.
“A new window into the history of our universe,” he said.
Biden also tweeted the first image from JWST and added “The first image from the Webb Space Telescope represents a historic moment for science and technology. And for America and humanity.”
Vice president Kamala Harris during the white house event said people have always wondered what’s in the sky, and now we will understand new things when looking up after decades of deduction.
“From the beginning of history humans have looked up to the night sky with wonder and thanks to the deduction of people who have been working for decades and engineering and on scientific marble, we can look to the sky with new understanding,” she said.
NASA didn’t accomplish JWST by itself, they partnered with European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
According to NASA thousands of technicians, scientists, and engineers from 29 U.S states and people from 14 countries are working on Webb. NASA administrator Bill Nelson said the picture we’re looking at is big and, in the future, we’ll answer questions that we haven’t thought about yet.
“When you look at something as big as this is, we are going to be able to answer questions that we don’t even know what the questions are yet,” Nelson said.
NASA claims that the JWST will determine whether or not there is another planet suitable for human habitation. In addition to this, it has been revealed that the universe began 13.8 billion years ago, which is earlier than the 13.5-year estimate given by the telescope.
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