The boss said NASA was “just beginning” to make new discoveries in space after publishing stunning photos taken with the James Webb Space Telescope.
In the images released on Tuesday, the dying star Southern Ring Nebula, about 2,000 light-years away, the compact galaxy group known as Stephan’s Quintet, and the formerly hidden Carina Nebula. There was a “baby star”.
Bill Nelson, NASA’s administrator, said the telescope represents “the best of NASA.”
He states: “We maintain our ability to move us forward for science, risk-taking and inspiration. We do not want to stop exploring heaven or take a step further for humanity.
“In the famous Carl Sagan’s words,” I’m waiting for something incredible to be known somewhere. ” I think those words are becoming a reality. “
He added: “The incredible success of the Webb team reflects what NASA is best at. We take dreams and make it happen for the benefit of humanity. The discoveries we have discovered. I can’t wait to see. The team is just getting started. “
Jane Rigby, Webb Operations Specialist, said:
The first image of a deep space cluster of distant galaxies was released on Monday after being shown to US President Joe Biden.
Dr. Riggby describes the image as follows:
Nelson said NASA’s unparalleled ingenuity “made the impossible possible.”
“You will see star formation. You will see an appetizing black hole. All this will be revealed.
“This telescope for infrared can penetrate a cloud of dust and will see light from a distant corner of this universe.”
He added: “This telescope-the image we see today-looks back at 13 billion years, and then we look back at 13.5 billion years.
“The speed of light is 186 miles per second, and the light has been traveling for 13.5 billion years. Only hundreds of millions of years since its inception.
“It’s a threshold we’re over and an example of what NASA can achieve.
“This is one of these great engineering feats, not only for us, but for humanity, for the planet, and for the citizens of the planet.”
Data scientist Giovanna Giardino said the Stephan’s Quintet image reveals “a kind of gravity-driven space dance,” a type of interaction that drives the evolution of the galaxy.