LONGUEUIL, QC, July 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Webb’s The Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) – developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and designed to find and lock onto cosmic targets – recently captured a view of stars and galaxies that offers tantalizing insight into what The telescope’s scientific instruments will reveal in years to come. weeks, months and years.
FGS has always been able to capture images, but its main purpose is to enable precise scientific measurements and imaging with precise pointing. When it captures images, these are generally not retained: given the limited communication bandwidth between L2 and Earth, Webb only sends data from two scientific instruments at a time. But during a week-long stability test in May, the team found they could retain captured footage because there was data transfer bandwidth available.
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