New James Webb Space Telescope photo showcases single star in key mission milestone

A new image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope during its alignment process shows galaxies and stars in the background. (Image credit: NASA/STScI)

The next great observatory is sharpening its vision and well on the way to cracking mysteries of the universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December, arrived at its station nearly 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) away from Earth in January, and has been hard at work preparing to conduct science the $10 billion mission was designed for. The spacecraft notched another key milestone in its preparations when it completed “fine phasing” on March 11, the agency announced on Wednesday (March 16).