Opportunities for European media: James Webb Space telescope first images release

Media are invited to join ESA at ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany) and ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands) on 12 July for a special activity to celebrate the release of James Webb Space Telescope’s first images, in partnership with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency.

Released one by one, these first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope will demonstrate Webb at its full power, ready to begin its mission to unfold the infrared universe.

The images will be revealed in a live broadcast, which media will be able to watch together with ESA experts at both ESOC and ESTEC, followed by a joint online media briefing from NASA Goddard.

Each image will simultaneously be made available on social media as well as on the agencies’ websites.

Interview opportunities will also be available to members of the press before, during and after the broadcast and media briefing.

Embargoed access to Webb’s first images will not be available prior to their public release.

The following is a list of media opportunities on 12 July for European media.

Community Events in Europe

A variety of community events are taking place in Europe. For a full list, please click here:


Remote interview opportunities for European media

Remote interview opportunities can be set up for ESA spokespersons located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (USA), at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore , Maryland (USA) or at the Stockholm "Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes IV" conference.

Please click here for a full list of the available spokespersons (page 24):


Media interested in remote interview opportunities should contact the ESA Newsroom and Media Relations team at media@esa.int.

Joint press briefing at NASA Goddard

Following the live broadcast from NASA Goddard, ESA-ESOC and CSA headquarters, NASA, ESA and CSA will hold a joint media briefing at NASA Goddard. The briefing will livestream on the agencies’ s. Deadline for on-site participation has already passed, but media may ask questions on social media using #UnfoldtheUniverse.

The Webb telescope lifted off on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 25 December 2021 on its exciting mission to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Webb, a partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is designed to answer outstanding questions about the Universe and to make breakthrough discoveries in all fields of astronomy.
The major contributions of ESA to the mission are: the NIRSpec instrument; 50% of the MIRI instrument; the provision of the launch services; and personnel to support mission operations. In return for these contributions, European scientists will get a minimum share of 15% of the total observing time, like for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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