James Webb Space Telescope has captured a image of Moon

September 22, 2022

By Aazam

Near-Infrared Camera, the telescope snapped photos of the planet's eastern hemisphere at different infrared light colors

The first picture, which is actually a composite of two images, shows a surface reference map from NASA and the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter with the two NIRCam instrument field of views overlaid

The short wavelength image features reflected sunlight, which reveals surface details like the rings of the Huygens Crater, dark volcanic rock of Syrtis Major

The longer-wavelength photo shows light emitted by Mars as it loses heat; the brightness at its peak where the Sun is nearly overhead decreases toward the polar regions

Some light, however, is absorbed by carbon dioxide molecules, making the Hellas Basin the largest well-preserved impact structure on Mars appear darker than its surroundings

Mars' observable disk, collecting pictures scientists can use to study dust storms, weather patterns, seasonal changes, and daily processes

Employing a series of special techniques, astronomers have adjusted for Mars' extreme brightness, allowing Webb to measure small bursts of light without being blinded

The Mars team will use this imaging and spectroscopic data to explore regional differences across the planet, and search for trace gasses in its atmosphere