The James Webb Space Telescope "represents the best of NASA," said Bill Nelson, the NASA administrator, after the images from the telescope were released.
"It maintains our ability to propel us forward for science, for risk-taking, for inspiration," he said Tuesday. "We don't want to ever stop exploring the heavens or stop daring to take another step forward for humanity."
He quoted astronomer Carl Sagan, saying, "'Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.'"
"I think those words are becoming reality," Nelson added.