‘Holy cow!’ How the James Webb Space Telescope took a selfie in space

We’ve just seen the first up-close view of the James Webb Space Telescope hard at work in deep space.

A special lens within the telescope’s near-infrared camera (NIRCam) instrument allowed engineers to take a look at Webb’s mirror alignment and to generate a cool view of the telescope, all at the same time. Engineers now also have the assurance that NIRCam is successfully receiving light, which is crucial for its ultimate goal of helping to image objects in space.