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James Webb Space Telescope has comets to catch when science begins

Comets have mystified humanity for millennia, but with the James Webb Space Telescope beginning science operations this month, scientists hope to unravel secrets about these icy objects.

In a study led by Heidi Hammel, executive vice president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and a Webb interdisciplinary scientist, the James Webb Space Telescope‘s powerful infrared instruments will be trained on three comets in the solar system. The goal will be to analyze the comets’ chemical compositions. Because comets are some of the most primitive bodies in the solar system, this information could reveal clues about the solar system’s early life.

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