NASA has announced that it has successfully aligned the optics of the James Webb Space Telescope. In order to demonstrate the telescope’s capabilities, the team took an image for a star called 2MASS J17554042+6551277. During the “fine phasing” stage, NASA checked every optical parameter to ensure that the telescope is meeting or exceeding expectations.
Thanks to the image, NASA was able to confirm that the telescope’s optical performance will be able to meet or exceed the requirements. This part of the mission, called phasing, was completed earlier last Friday but NASA shared the news now. Furthermore, the agency said that there’s no critical issues or measurable contamination of Webb’s optical path.
Talking about the milestone, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said, “More than 20 years ago, the Webb team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals. Today we can say that design is going to deliver.”
In case you’re wondering when the James Webb Telescope will be ready to send data and being its scientific works, you’ll be glad to know that NASA has revealed that the first full-resolution images and science data will be released sometime later in the summer.