The researchers who will be using the James Webb Space Telescope are preparing for their science campaigns as the James Webb Space Telescope prepares to begin science operations this summer.

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As Heidi Hammel, Webb's multidisciplinary scientist for solar system studies, said in a recent NASA blog post, among the objects Webb will be researching are targets right here in our own solar system, as well as faraway galaxies and far-off stars.

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"I'm greatly looking forward to Webb's first year of science operations!" Hammel composes.

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Given its immense capability, it may come as a surprise that the Webb telescope is being used to peer into our cosmic backyard.

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Researchers can test the limits of Webb's capabilities by observing targets in the solar system, such as its capacity to identify faint light sources near bright light sources (like Jupiter's rings) (like Jupiter).

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Not only can we learn about solar system bodies, but researchers can also learn more about what kinds of science Webb can be used for in the future.

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There are numerous examples of missions that can gaze far abroad being used to look in the solar system, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, which has imaged Jupiter in exquisite detail and is used to view the outer planets, some of which lack dedicated missions.

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When Webb starts science operations this summer, it will gaze at a number of solar system targets.

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Webb will examine Europa's surface and look for plumes using high-resolution photos.

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Webb's spectroscopic equipment can determine the chemical composition of a plume by measuring the wavelengths of light absorbed. ALSO READ : Why The Mirrors In James Webb Space Telescope Have Gold In Them?

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