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NASA shares list of cosmic targets for Webb Telescope's first science images

Credits: NASA, STScI

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, a partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will soon reveal unprecedented and detailed views of the universe, with the upcoming release of its first full-colour science images and spectroscopic data.

Below is the list of cosmic objects that Webb targeted for these first observations, which will be released in NASA's live broadcast beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, . The event will also be broadcast via the CSA's YouTube and Facebook pages.

These targets represent the first wave of full-colour science images and spectra the observatory has gathered, and the official beginning of Webb's general science operations. They were selected by an international committee of representatives from NASA, ESA, the CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The release of these first science images marks the official beginning of Webb's science operations, which will continue to explore the mission's key science themes.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the world's premier space science observatory. Webb will solve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it.

Abridged text reprinted courtesy of NASA

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