NASA's James Webb Space Telescope observes asteroid named after Tenzing Norgay in new test
The James Webb Space Telescope has moved even closer to its awakening thanks to the latest tests conducted by NASA scientists. ✅ Check please! Before we can #UnfoldTheUniverse & start science, our team must test, calibrate, verify and sign off on each mode of operation for Webb’s 4 instruments.
Once the telescope begins its observations of the universe, it will study distant stars and galaxies to acquire their images with extreme precision. With the completion of asteroid tracking, the mission team will now locate other objects moving at different speeds to verify if Webb is absolutely capable of observing moving targets through the universe.
With Webb, astronomers are planning to image Saturn's rings, explore objects in the Kuiper belt, and analyse the atmosphere of Mars among other targets. Heidi Hammel, Webb's interdisciplinary scientist said in a statement, "I am really excited about Webb’s upcoming first year of science operations! Webb can detect the faint light of the earliest galaxies, but my team will be observing much closer to home.
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