The James Webb Space Telescope is responsible for sending back images of Mars.
(UPI) — On September 19, NASA made the announcement on Monday that the James Webb Space Telescope was successful in capturing the dazzling infrared light emanating from Mars earlier this month.
Infrared light was used to capture these photographs, which depict the eastern hemisphere of Mars in a variety of wavelengths. According to NASA, the new photographs will assist in the advancement of scientific study of the planet known as Mars.
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“Webb can capture images and spectra with the spectral resolution needed to study short-term phenomena like dust storms, weather patterns, seasonal changes, and, in a single observation, processes that occur at different times (daytime, sunset, and nighttime) of a Martian day,” the agency said in a blog post. “This allows us to study short-term phenomena like dust storms, weather patterns, seasonal changes, and, in a single observation, processes that occur at different times (daytime,
In point of fact, the sensitivity of the telescope required the astronomers to make certain changes so that the dazzling light would not cause the detectors of the telescope to become overloaded.
Some of the photographs show brightening in the Hellas Basin, the dark volcanic rock of Syrtis Major, and the rings of the Huygens Crater.
“Because of its lower elevation, the Hellas Basin has a higher air pressure than the surrounding areas. Because of an effect known as pressure broadening, the higher pressure causes a suppression of the thermal emission at this particular wavelength range (4.1-4.4 microns), which leads to a decrease in temperature “According to Geronimo Villanueva, who is the primary investigator at the Goddard Space Flight Center for NASA, “Trying to disentangle these competing effects using this data should prove to be a really intriguing challenge.”
The researchers are putting the finishing touches on a report that will be sent to a scholarly journal for publication after it has been reviewed by a panel of experts.