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NASA invites the media, the public to see the first images of Web Telescopes

NASA invites the media, the public to see the first images of Web Telescopes

Press release from: NASA HQ

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

NASA, in collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency), will release James Webb Space Telescopes first full color images and spectroscopic data during a television broadcast beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 12, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

These first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope, released one by one, will show Webb in full force, ready to begin its mission to unfold the infrared universe.

Each image will be made available on social media and on the agency’s website at:

Access to Web’s first images will not be available until they are released to the public.

The following is a list of activities leading up to release (all time Eastern):

Wednesday, June 29

Media Day at Webbs Mission Operations Center

NASA will host a media day at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) starting at 10 on Wednesday, June 29. The event will include a media review of the status of Web’s commissioning as well as overviews of planned science for Web’s first year of operation and Web’s image processing.

On-site participants can visit Web Mission Operations Control facilities, including the Air Control Room, and conduct interviews with mission experts.

The media must register their interest in participating at the latest fill in this form no later than 15.00 EDT Tuesday 21 June for personal use and no later than kl. 15.00 EDT Tuesday 28 June for virtual.

NASA and STScI will soon provide additional information to those who register their interest, including the full media day schedule and security protocol for covid-19. Due to space constraints, NASA and STScI may not be able to meet all on-site presence requests.

Tuesday, July 12

Image release day

  • 12.00 – Following the live broadcast, NASA and its partners will hold a joint media briefing at NASA Goddard. The review will be livestreamed on NASA TV, the NASA app and the agency’s website. The list of participants in the media conference will come and this advice will be updated with details later.

Media that are interested in participating in person must fill in this form no later than 15.00 EDT Tuesday 21 June.

  • 15.00 – Opportunities for live interview: From approximately 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday 12th July and 6am to 1pm on Wednesday 13th July, Web Assignment Experts will be available to conduct live, remote interviews with broadcast media. Experts will be available to conduct interviews in both English and Spanish. More information on scheduling these interviews will be made available closer to the date. Members of the media seeking interviews outside these windows should complete this media interview request form.

NASA: s media accreditation policy for on-site and virtual activities are available online. The Agency will soon provide additional information to those who register their interest, including covid-19 security protocols. Due to space constraints, NASA may not be able to accommodate all requests for on-site presence. The media and the general public can ask questions on social media with #UnfoldtheUniverse.

Wednesday, July 13

15.00: NASA Science Live

Web experts will answer questions about the first images and data in a NASA Science Live show. The broadcast, Webb’s First Full-Color Images Explained, is broadcast live on NASA Science Live websiteas well as Youtube, Facebookand Twitter. Viewers of this episode can post questions on social media with the hashtag #UnfoldtheUniverse or by leaving a comment in the chat section of the Facebook or YouTube stream.

At the same time, NASA will also broadcast a live event on social media in Spanish on its NASA en español Youtube, Facebookand Twitter accounts. Web experts Begoña Vila and Néstor Espinoza will discuss the release of the first images and receive questions from followers.

NASA Social

The agency will also host one in person NASA Social Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. Participants will join as guests to film in the studio of the televised broadcast on NASA Goddard, visit NASA Goddard and STScI facilities, and interact with experts from the Web mission.

Web Community Events

The public can also take part in the excitement over Web’s first full-color images by participating in one of the many official Web Space Telescope Community Events taking place across the country this summer. The list of events celebrating Webb’s first images is available online and is updated frequently.

Webb, an international partnership with ESA and CSA, was launched on December 25 from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. After takes place to its final form in space and successfully reach its destination 1 million miles from Earth, the observatory is now complete the months-long process to prepare for scientific activities. Webb will explore every phase of cosmic history – from the solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between.

Stay in touch with the mission and share your experience with Web’s first photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #UnfoldTheUniverse. Follow and tag these accounts:

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