James Webb telescope presents first photos of Mars

NASA space telescope “James Webb” has presented the first photos of Mars. It is reported on the official website of the organization.

Zasnii planets managed to capture the near-infrared range camera (NIRCam), so the resulting images do not have the typical red color of Mars. The information obtained was needed for spectrographic study, not for mapping. The image shows the eastern hemisphere of the planet, where the deepest lowland, the 467-kilometer Huygens Crater and the Great Sirte Plateau are located.

The telescope’s instruments made it possible to determine the exact chemical composition of the atmosphere, dust and other objects based on the amount of sunlight absorbed. In addition, it was possible to identify the presence of water, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. Further work is planned to conduct a more thorough analysis to identify traces of impurities, as well as the ratio of gases in different parts of the planet.

Earlier in September, the James Webb telescope recorded thousands of new stars in the Tarantula Nebula. This is the brightest and largest area of star birth in a group of galaxies close to the Milky Way.

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