The James Webb Space Telescope needs to catch comets when science begins

Comets have puzzled mankind for millennia, but as the James Webb Space Telescope begins scientific operations this month, scientists are hoping to unravel mysteries about these icy objects.

In a study led by Heidi Hammel, executive vice president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and an interdisciplinary Webb scientist, the James Webb Space TelescopeThe powerful infrared instruments from are trained to three comets in which solar system. The goal will be to analyze the chemical composition of the comets. Since comets are among the most primitive bodies in the solar system, this information could provide clues to the early life of the solar system.