The James Webb Space Telescope of NASA captures the first images of Mars and reveals intriguing details.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is known for capturing some incredible images of the universe, has revealed new images of our neighboring planet, Mars. On September 5, the telescope captured its first images and spectra of Mars. The James Webb Space Telescope, a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, will be launched in December 2021. Last month, the telescope provided us with a close-up view of Jupiter, revealing auroras and rings surrounding the planet.
NASA announced the news today on its official blog, showcasing the Webb Telescope’s first images of Mars. One of the close-up images, according to NASA’s tweet on the telescope’s official Twitter handle, shows the Huygens Crater, dark volcanic Syrtis Major, and Hellas Basin.
The Near-Infrared Camera captures Webb’s first images of Mars (NIRCam). These images depict a region of the planet’s eastern hemisphere at two different infrared light wavelengths or colors.
According to NASA, the Mars team will use this imaging and spectroscopic data in the future to investigate regional differences across the planet. They will also search for traces of various gases in the planet’s atmosphere.
Last month, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) captured some fascinating images of Jupiter, including some spectacular auroras. These images were also captured with the observatory’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam).
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