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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will change the way we see our solar system

Up on the monitor in the James Webb Space Telescope Flight Control Room is an image of the planet Jupiter. Although slightly blurred, it is unmistakable, its characteristic stripes and huge Great Red Spot beaming down on a group of reporters touring the room at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. 

Carl Starr, Webb’s Mission Operations Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, clicks a computer mouse, and the next image appears. “We decided to apply the coronagraph to it,” he said, referring to a telescope attachment that can block out a bright object to observe what surrounds it. Jupiter suddenly darkens as its moons and faint rings materialize. 

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