“Today, we present humanity with a groundbreaking new view of the cosmos from the James Webb Space Telescope – a view the world has never seen before,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “These images, including the deepest infrared view of our universe that has ever been taken, show us how Webb will help to uncover the answers to questions we don’t even yet know to ask; questions that will help us better understand our universe and humanity’s place within it.
“The Webb team’s incredible success is a reflection of what NASA does best. We take dreams and turn them into reality for the benefit of humanity. I can’t wait to see the discoveries that we uncover – the team is just getting started!”
Webb’s first observations reveal the story of the hidden universe through every era of cosmic history, from nearby planets outside of our solar system, known as exoplanets, to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe. NASA explores the unknown in space for the benefit of all.
“This is a singular and historic moment,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “It took decades of drive and perseverance to get us here, and I am immensely proud of the Webb team. These first images show us how much we can accomplish when we come together behind a shared goal, to solve the cosmic mysteries that connect us all. It’s a stunning glimpse of the insights yet to come.”
“We are elated to celebrate this extraordinary day with the world,” said Greg Robinson, Webb program director at NASA Headquarters. “The beautiful diversity and incredible detail of the Webb telescope’s images and data will have a profound impact on our understanding of the universe and inspire us to dream big.”
Dec. 25, 2021 had seen the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. Webb underwent months of commissioning where its mirrors were aligned, its instruments were calibrated to its space environment, and it was made ready for science after undergoing a challenging deployment procedure in orbit.
The best space scientific observatory in the world is the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb will investigate the mystifying architecture and origins of our cosmos and our part in it while also looking beyond our solar system to faraway planets revolving around other stars.