NASA Webb Telescope Reaches Optical Alignment Milestone Releases First Image

by Tech Mainstream


March 16, 2022


NASA Webb Telescope Reaches Optical Alignment Milestone Releases First Image

NASA Webb Telescope Releases First Image Image/NASA


(Tech Mainstream) NASA on Wednesday released the first image from the James Webb Space Telescope after sharpening its focus, as the agency plans to commence examining the farthest galaxies in the universe. The image shows the brilliant, fiery orange star 2MASS J17554042+6551277:

"Following the completion of critical mirror alignment steps, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team expects that Webb’s optical performance will be able to meet or exceed the science goals the observatory was built to achieve."

There are still months to go before Webb has a real look at the vast expanse of the universe, "achieving this milestone means the team is confident that Webb’s first-of-its-kind optical system is working as well as possible."

Small adjustments, major progress!

Having completed 2 more mirror alignment steps, #NASAWebb’s optical performance will be able to meet or exceed its science goals. Now that’s good optics! 😉 https://t.co/lGUdT9emkD #UnfoldTheUniverse

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— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) March 16, 2022

Webb is the first space telescope to use segmented primary mirrors design:

"More than 20 years ago, the Webb team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. 'Today we can say that design is going to deliver.'"