Mission Overview

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Wavelength Coverage

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The JWST Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) offers imaging, coronagraphy, and grism slitless spectroscopy.  NIRCam has two modules pointing to adjacent fields of view, each of which uses a dichroic to observe simultaneously in a short wavelength channel (0.6-2.3 μm) and a long wavelength channel (2.4-5.0 μm).

Active From

(Launch dates TBD)


Varies by Observing Mode:  see Table 1 for details: NIRCam Modes

  • Pixel Scale: 0.031"/pixel or 0.063"/pixel
  • Resolution: ~1600 (grism and spectroscopic modes)
  • FWHM: ~2 pixels @ 2 or 4 um (imaging mode)


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Simulated Data

Simulated data from the NIRCam instrument team

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Image Gallery

JWST NIRCam Focal Plane Assembly

Dressed in a cleanroom suit to prevent contamination, Optics Technician Jeff Gum aligns a replacement Focal Plane Assembly (FPA) with a powerful three-dimensional microscope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.  (Image courtesy NASA/Chris Gunn.)

JWST NIRCam Detectors

This figure shows four 0.6 - 2.5 µm James Webb Space Telescope NIRCam H2RGs mounted into a focal plan module.  (Image courtesy University of Arizona/NASA.)

JWST NIRCam Detectors

Shown being readied for a performance test is the heart of JWST's Near-Infrared Camera, a 16-megapixel mosaic of light sensors. The mosaic is comprised of four separate chips mounted together with a black mask covering the gaps between the chips.  (Image courtesy K. W. Don, University of Arizona.)

JWST NIRCam in Development

(Image courtesy Lockheed Martin.)

JWST NIRCam Top View

JWST NIRCam in Development

.The Near-Infrared Camera for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is seen in a cleanroom at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center.  (Image courtesy Lockheed Martin.)

JWST NIRCam in Development

The optics module of the James Webb Space Telescope's primary imager, the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam), arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Saturday, July 27, 2013.  (Image courtesy NASA/Chris Gunn.)

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