The first full-colour image from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was released today.
- The James Webb telescope presents us with its first image of the deepest image of our universe that has ever been taken.
We're appearing back in time to just a hundred million years after the Big Bang to when the universe was just in its infancy.
KNICOLE COLON: It is going to do something like we've seen with Hubble with the Hubble Deep Field, where we started a blank part of sky and saw just so many galaxies, and it was incredible to know that all those galaxies were hiding there in the early universe. And we just needed to look long enough to see them.
- And we have engine start, and lift off.
- Launched December last year at a cost of almost $9 billion, the James Webb telescope will explore atmospheres of exoplanets orbiting other stars just like the Earth.
TOM GREENE: We'll be able to see carbon-based molecules that are important for life and also indicate chemistry and just the overall compositions of these atmospheres that we do not know now.
JOE BIDEN: Light from other worlds, orbiting stars far beyond our own, it's astounding to me when I read this.
BILL NELSON: You held a grain of sand on the tip of your finger at arm's length, that is the part of the universe that you're seeing, just one little speck of the universe.
- Essential to hunt for answers to some of mankind's most primal of questions, where do we come from? What more is out there? Who are we? And of course, to answer some of the questions that we know not yet even exist.