NASA has released an image of far-flung galaxies as they were 13bn years ago, the first glimpse from the most powerful telescope ever launched into space.
The 10 billion USD telescope is designed to look far into space than any other telescope and is expected to capture images from far edges of the universe, allowing to capture events that happened billions of years ago just after the Big Bang.
US President Joe Biden presented the image at an event at the White House.
The image, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful to be placed in orbit, covers a patch of the sky roughly the size of a grain of sand held at arm's length by someone standing on earth. The full-color image came on the eve of a larger unveiling of photos and spectrographic data that NASA plans to showcase Today at the Goddard Space Flight Center in suburban Maryland.
It may be noted that the joint project between the American space agency NASA, and the European and Canadian space agencies (ESA, CSA) launched in December 2021.