NASA’s new space telescope has captured its first starlight and even taken a selfie of its giant, gold mirror.
All 18 segments of the primary mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope seem to be working properly 1 1/2 months into the mission, officials said Friday.
The telescope's first target was a bright star 258 light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
The $10 billion infrared observatory — considered the successor to the aging Hubble Space Telescope.
It will also examine the atmospheres of alien worlds for any possible signs of life.
NASA did not detect the crippling flaw in Hubble's mirror until after its 1990 launch.
More than three years passed before spacewalking astronauts were able to correct the telescope's blurry vision.
While everything is looking good so far with Webb, engineers should be able to rule out any major mirror flaws by next month, Feinberg said.