The first color image sourced from the James Webb Space Telescope is set to be revealed by president Joe Biden on Monday, July 11th, at the White House.
CBS News quoted NASA Administrator, Bill Nelson, who stated that
We’re going to give humanity a new view of the cosmos, and it’s a view that we’ve never seen before.
Apart from the color image, NASA also intends to release a set of “first light” images, which, according to CBS, are meant to display
Webb’s ability to capture light from the first generation of stars and galaxies; to chart the details of stellar evolution, from starbirth to death by supernova; and to study the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres.
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on December 25th, 2021, from Kourou, French Guiana, where the ESA launch site is located. The telescope is the largest and most powerful space telescope that NASA has launched with the purpose of studying the history of the universe.
According to Space.com, the James Webb Space Telescope traveled for thirty days until it reached its final destination, the Lagrange point, a location that is stable from a gravitational point of view. The telescope will replace the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been in service for more than 30 years and has contributed to numerous historical universe-related discoveries. Among the most important is determining the age of the universe, confirming the existence of supermassive black holes, and providing the most detailed images of the universe ever recorded, as well as high-quality images of the planets in our solar system.
The James Webb Space telescope will take everything Hubble has achieved a step further and will help scientists discover even more fascinating things about our universe. The Webb project scientist from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Klaus Pontoppidan, stated that the images set to be released on Monday and Tuesday
will demonstrate to the world that Webb is, in fact, ready for science, and that it produces excellent and spectacular results.