After a thorough review, NASA (United States space agency) confirmed it. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) finally aligned. Before the equipment goes into operation, it will enter the final stage of commissioning of scientific devices.
Alignment has been made for the four powerful instruments that the space observatory carries on board. From now on it can get sharp, well-focused images of space. Watch the video released by the space agency below:
Experts say the telescope’s optical performance is better than predicted. The alignment provided the clarity seen in the photographs by positioning the mirrors in such a way that the light collected from the space was directed entirely towards the instruments.
The quality of the images obtained thereafter is limited only by the Webb size. In the future, the mirrors will only be moved when minor periodic adjustments are required.
Lee Feinberg, director of telescope elements at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, wrote in a note, “The remarkable test images from the tuned telescope show what people from all countries can achieve when there is a bold scientific vision.” Said.
Now the team working with Webb should begin commissioning the devices. Every instrument in the telescope has various devices and parts such as lenses, masks and filters that need to be adjusted and configured. All these processes should take another two months.
During this period, some telescope calibration activities will also be carried out. By pointing at certain areas of the sky, experts will control the amount of radiation reaching the observatories.
James Webb has four instruments: Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam), Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), and two Near Infrared Image Sensor and Continuous Spectrograph/Sensor Precision Orientation (NIRISS/FGS).
Source: Tec Mundo
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