Universe  ID: 12762

James Webb Space Telescope’s Multifaceted MIRI

James Webb Space Telescope’s mid-infrared instrument (MIRI) has both a camera and a spectrograph that sees light in the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, with wavelengths that are longer than our eyes see. MIRI covers the wavelength range of 5 to 28.5 microns. Its sensitive detectors will allow it to see the redshifted light of distant galaxies, helping identify the first galaxies in the universe, observe newly forming stars by peering inside dust-shrouded stellar nurseries, and analyze the atmospheres of exoplanets for markers of potential life. MIRI's camera will provide wide-field, broadband imaging that will return breathtaking astrophotography.

MIRI was built by the MIRI Consortium (a group that consists of scientists and engineers from European countries), a team from the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, and scientists from several U.S. institutions.

Credits

Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA): Animator
Michael McClare (KBRwyle): Producer
Sophia Roberts (AIMM): Videographer
Sophia Roberts (AIMM): Cinematographer
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Cinematographer
Michael P. Menzel (AIMM): Producer
Michael P. Menzel (AIMM): Interviewer
Michael P. Menzel (AIMM): Video Editor
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center