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Updated: Jun 2, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope will release its 1st science-quality images July 12.

We now have a date for our first real images from NASA's next-generation observatory.

Following half a year of commissioning in space, NASA will release the first operational images taken by the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, according to an agency statement posted Wednesday (June 1). While Webb officials are still keeping those first imaging targets secret, the agency emphasized that it took five years of work among the several participating space agencies to decide what those first images will show.

"Our goals for Webb's first images and data are both to showcase the telescope's powerful instruments and to preview the science mission to come," astronomer Klaus Pontoppidan, Webb project scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, said in the statement. "They are sure to deliver a long-awaited 'wow' for astronomers and the public."

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