Sep 20, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope captures first images of Mars, and the results are phenomenal

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Webb can image the entire planet at once in high resolution at a short exposure time, allowing for the study of dust storms, weather patterns and seasonal changes.

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first images and spectra of Mars, revealing atmospheric data that previous instruments couldn’t detect.

Captured with its Near InfraRed Camera, or NIRCam instrument from JWST’s position around a million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Mars, on September 5, along with data from its Near InfraRed Spectrometer (NIRSpec), the images were released on Monday, September 19, at the Europlanet Science Congress 2022.

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