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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reaches alignment milestone, shares stunning view of cosmos

While the purpose of this image was to focus on the bright star at the center for alignment evaluation, Webb's optics and NIRCam are so sensitive that the galaxies and stars seen in the background show up.

While the purpose of this image was to focus on the bright star at the center for alignment evaluation, Webb’s optics and NIRCam are so sensitive that the galaxies and stars seen in the background show up. (Credits: NASA/STScI)

Julia Musto

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has reached another milestone, with the agency announcing that its main mirror is fully aligned.

NASA said the Webb team completed the stage of alignment known as “fine phasing” on March 11, with every optical parameter for Webb’s Optical Telescope Element performing “at, or above, expectations.” 

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The group also found no critical issues or measurable contamination or blockages to Webb’s optical path. 

NASA said the observatory is able to successfully gather light from distant objects and deliver it to its instruments without an issue.

“More than 20 years ago, the Webb team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement. “Today we can say that design is going to deliver.”

Webb – an international venture with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian Space Agency – is the first telescope in space to use segmented primary mirrors, like the primary mirror’s 18 hexagonal, beryllium segments.

The team has also now fully aligned Webb’s primary imager, the Near-Infrared Camera, to the observatory’s mirrors.

Over the course of the next six weeks, the Webb team will further act to align the telescope to include the Near-Infrared Spectrograph, Mid-Infrared Instrument and Near InfraRed Imager and Slitless Spectrograph.

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All of this comes before the $10 billion telescope’s final alignment step will begin, in addition to adjustments of any small, residual positioning errors in the mirror segments.

“We have fully aligned and focused the telescope on a star, and the performance is beating specifications. We are excited about what this means for science,” Ritva Keski-Kuha, deputy optical telescope element manager for Webb, said. “We now know we have built the right telescope.”

This new "selfie" was created using a specialized pupil imaging lens inside the NIRCam instrument that was designed to take images of the primary mirror segments instead of images of the sky.

This new “selfie” was created using a specialized pupil imaging lens inside the NIRCam instrument that was designed to take images of the primary mirror segments instead of images of the sky. (Credits: NASA/STScI)

NASA shared additional engineering images from its NIRCam instrument during the “fine phasing,” revealing the star 2MASS J17554042+6551277 and galaxies and stars in the background. The image uses a red filter to optimize visual contrast. 

At the beginning of alignment, NASA released a mosaic image, with 18 individual images of the star HD 84406. 

A new “selfie” was also created using a specialized pupil imaging lens inside the NIRCam instrument that was designed to take images of the primary mirror segments. It shows all of Webb’s 18 primary mirror segments collecting light from the same star in unison.

The Webb team will include all aspects of Optical Telescope Element alignment by early May. 

Webb’s first full-resolution imagery and science data will be released over the summer.

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Boston BLM leader and her husband hit with federal fraud, conspiracy charges

Houston Keene

Monica Cannon-Grant, a Black Lives Matter (BLM) leader in Boston, and her husband, Clark Grant, were hit with an 18-page federal indictment for fraud and conspiracy on Tuesday.

Federal authorities allege that Cannon-Grant and Grant have defrauded a large sum of donor dollars out of over $1 million in grants and donations given to their nonprofit, Violence in Boston, which aims to help violence survivors in the city.

Cannon-Grant, a prominent BLM organizer, was arrested outside of her Beantown home Tuesday and declined to comment at the courthouse after being released on personal recognizance, meaning she’ll remain free without bail but with a written promise to appear in court.

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Monica Cannon-Grant, front left, leads demonstrators as they march from Nubian Square to Boston Police headquarters, April 21, 2021, in Boston, as they celebrate the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and demand for an end to police brutality. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday, March 15, 2022 that Cannon-Grant, and her husband Clark Grant, of Taunton, Mass., have been charged in an 18-count indictment with wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to a mortgage lending business. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP)

Monica Cannon-Grant, front left, leads demonstrators as they march from Nubian Square to Boston Police headquarters, April 21, 2021, in Boston, as they celebrate the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and demand for an end to police brutality. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday, March 15, 2022 that Cannon-Grant, and her husband Clark Grant, of Taunton, Mass., have been charged in an 18-count indictment with wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to a mortgage lending business. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP)

The BLM activist has claimed innocence online and, under the terms of her release from Judge Judith Dein, is allowed to continue to work at her nonprofit twice a week but cannot handle the finances. She will be arraigned next week.

Prosecutors did not say how much money was allegedly taken by the couple.

Cannon-Grant’s attorney, Robert Goldstein, said “we are extremely disappointed the government rushed to judgment here” in a statement outside the courthouse.

“VIB (Violence in Boston) and Monica have been fully cooperating, and their production of records remains ongoing,” Goldstein said. “Drawing conclusions from an incomplete factual record does not represent the fair and fully informed process a citizen deserves from its government, especially someone like Monica who has worked tirelessly on behalf of her community.”

Michael Harris protests in front of the Glenn County Courthouse

Michael Harris protests in front of the Glenn County Courthouse (Matt Leach/Fox Digital)

“We remain fully confident Monica will be vindicated when a complete factual record emerges,” he continued.

Grant was arrested last October by federal agents who raided the couple’s home and was previously charged with lying on a mortgage statement and collecting pandemic unemployment benefits illegally.

The lengthy indictment alleges Cannon-Grant and her husband engaged in three different fraud schemes: lying on a mortgage application, defrauding donors and illicitly collecting approximately $1 million in pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

The couple is accused of using a $6,000 grant meant for a trip for at-risk young men for personal expenditures.

A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol on May 24, 2021, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol on May 24, 2021, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a trip proposal, the venture was “to give these young men exposure to communities outside of the violence-riddled neighborhoods that they navigate daily.”

Instead, the pair spared no expense on a vacation, according to federal authorities, eating a meal at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., buying merchandise at Walmart and taking visits to a nail salon among other expenditures.

Prosecutors also allege that Cannon-Grant told both the state attorney general’s office and the IRS that she took no salary from her nonprofit while paying herself $2,788 a week beginning in October 2020.

Cannon-Grant, 41, is the founder of Violence in Boston and was previously named “Bostonian of the Year” by Boston Globe Magazine. 

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