The Webb telescope from NASA is fully geared and ready for instrumentcommissioning

The Webb telescope from NASA is fully geared and ready for instrumentcommissioning ...

The James Webb Space Telescope of NASA has successfully completed the seventh and final phase of telescope alignment and is ready to go into the science instrument commissioning phase.

The space agency announced the milestone and stated that Webb is capable of capturing crisp and well-focused images with each of its four onboard science instruments: the near-infrared camera (NIRCam), the near-infrared spectrograph (NIRSpec), and the fine guidance sensor / near infrared imager, the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) and the slitless spectrograph (FGS/NIRISS).

Webb''s mirrors are directing completely focused light from space into each instrument, and each instrument is capturing photographs using the light they receive.

Scott Acton, a Ball Aerospace controller and wavefront scientist, is already fascinated by what Webb is delivering. "These images have profoundly altered the way I see the universe. There are galaxies everywhere, and it is my hope that everyone in the world can see them."

Webb is transitioning to the science instrument commissioning phase. Specialists have arrived at the Mission Operations Center at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore to monitor the work. Without any unforeseen issues, commissioning should take about two months.

This summer, scientific operations are expected to begin.

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