Media Tip Sheet: President Biden to unveil first photo from James Webb Space Telescope, more images to come on Tuesday

July 12, 2022

Image of Earth from space


President Biden is set to release the first image from NASA’s new space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Monday. It’s a sneak peak to another batch of separate full-color images NASA will reveal on Tuesday. 

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Oleg Kargaltsev, an associate professor of physics, can discuss the significance of the JWST and the exciting science it will produce. 

“The science overall, and astronomy in particular, is all about pushing the boundaries of what we know about the world around us,” Professor Kargaltsev says. “On the grandest scale, the world around us is the universe. JWST will allow us to peer into the universe at an unprecedented depth so that we can see the very distant regions that we have not seen before.”

Scott Pace is director of the GW Space Policy Institute and a professor of the practice of international affairs. He is an expert in the analysis and assessment of space projects and programs; civil, commercial, and national security space policy; and international space cooperation and competition. Dr. Pace rejoined the GW faculty in 2021 after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the National Space Council from 2017-2020.

John Logsdon, a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, is an expert on NASA, space policy and history, and private space travel. Dr. Logsdon’s research interests focus on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities.