Project officials said in a teleconference on Monday that all four science instruments have achieved perfect alignment in advance of the telescope's official debut this summer.

I am delighted to report that the telescope alignment has been completed with performance even better than we had anticipated.

We reached a perfect telescope alignment. Material improvements to our science performance are not possible because there is no adjustment to the telescope optics.

NASA shared a picture taken by the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, to show how ready the telescope is. The new image shows a side-by-side comparison of the observations of a nearby galaxy taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the observations of the same galaxy taken previously by NASA.

NASA/JPL-Caltech, left, NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI, right.

The Large Magellanic Cloud can be seen in the left and right images.

The telescope blasts off into space.

The foreground stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud are captured in sharp detail by the Webb image, which is offset by clouds of interstellar particles.

NASA said that the telescope waits for a final instrument calibration before it begins studying distant stars.

In July, the telescope will share its first suite of science images, targeting galaxies and objects that highlight all the Webb sciences themes.

The contrast was animated. NASA/JPL-Caltech; MIRI: NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI.

The US$10 billion telescope was launched by NASA on December 25th, 2021. The telescope has 18 hexagonal mirror segments fitted together into one large mirror.

The design allowed the telescope to be folded inside a rocket at launch, unlike the Hubble Space Telescope, which only has one primary mirror.

Scientists think that the Hubble Space Telescope will be able to see objects up to 100 times faint.

The telescope was designed to look at the dim light of the earliest stars in the Universe.

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