Marking an historic day in astronomy, Tuesday July 12th sees NASA publicly release a set of images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, (JWST). 

Looking further and deeper than ever before into the universe in which we live, the images with mark a landmark achievement for humankind in science.  Referred to as the successor for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the two instruments will work together to further unravel the mysteries of the cosmos, with the JWST expected to have a minimum life-expectancy of 10 years.

Named after a former NASA Chief, who was in charge of the agency from 1961 to 1968, the world's largest and most powerful space telescope was launched on Christmas Day 2021 from the European Space Agency's (ESA), launch site in French Guiana aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket. 

After a journey of just under one million miles, the JWST arrived at its designated position on January 24th, a point in space whereby using gravitational forces, the telescope can maintain its location and stay in line with the Earth as it orbits the Sun.

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Since the JWST's arrival at its new home, scientists have undertaken a slow and methodical set of procedures to bring the JWST up to operational capacity, and despite being hit by a object classed as micro-meteorite, (something that was expected but this one was a little larger than anticipated), all systems have gradually been powered-up.

Around the world on Tuesday July 12th, images taken by the JWST will be revealed, demonstrating exactly what the telescope is capable of.  In the UK the images can be viewed at 3.30 p.m.  https://jwst.nasa.gov/index.html. 

The JWST is the fruition of planning and development that spans decades, making the release of the images an important scientific juncture in our understanding of the universe in which we live.