Explore deep space with Corning and the James Webb Space Telescope
Corning Advanced Optics technologies are playing a vital role in capturing the images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, orbiting 1 million miles away from Earth.
The first high-resolution color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the largest and most complex space telescope ever built, have arrived. Corning Advanced Optics technologies played a vital role in bringing us the deepest look into space yet.
JWST’s Fine Guidance Sensor and the Near Infrared Imager contain image capture technologies that were engineered and manufactured at Corning’s Keene, New Hampshire, facility. These essential optical instruments help point and stabilize the telescope platform for data collection, helping enable astronomers to determine the age and chemical mixture of distant objects.
Building on the work of the Hubble Space Telescope, the JWST captures images of distant galaxies, stars, and exoplanets in deep space. But unlike Hubble, which orbits the Earth, JWST orbits the sun, 1 million miles away. Additionally, while the Hubble sees primarily visible light, the JWST is optimized for infrared light. This helps scientists and researchers “unfold the infrared universe,” learning more about the origin of the universe, its evolution, and every phase of 13.6 billion years’ worth of cosmic history – including where we fit into it.
This milestone builds on Corning’s rich history of optical physics which has been invaluable to space exploration and discovery since the 1930s.
Image credits: NASA.