Obtaining JWST Data

Data from all JWST instruments (MIRINIRCamNIRSpecNIRSS, and FGS) are archived in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).

The data products include raw exposures and all levels of calibration processing, contemporaneous engineering and calibration reference data and, in the future, high-level science products contributed by investigating teams. All JWST data products can be searched via the MAST Discovery Portal, or through various applications and software interfaces (see Programmatic Interfaces). Authorized users may also visualize and retrieve queried data.

The articles in this chapter describe the means to discover, explore, and retrieve JWST data products, and to obtain user support.

MAST, the JWST data archive

See also: Getting Started with JWST Data
MAST Documentation (External Links): MAST archive
MAST Portal Users Guide, MAST Demos and Tutorials

Data from all JWST instruments are archived in MAST, which is the permanent repository and access portal for data from many NASA UV/optical/IR missions and selected ground-based surveys. Users may discover particular JWST data in a variety of ways, including searches by:

  • the observing program in which they were obtained
  • the instrument used to obtain the data
  • sky coordinates
  • astrophysical source name

MAST Discovery Portal users can find all varieties of JWST data products along with co-spatial products from any other hosted mission archive, and overlay science datasets from other missions and surveys. Authorized users may explore the JWST science data products, as well as browse the contemporaneous engineering data, calibration data, and data quality summaries. Authorized users may also retrieve JWST data products via the MAST web interface or through user-written scripts by calling the MAST Application Programming Interface (API).


MAST API User Guide

Data Use Policy

MAST Discovery Portal User Guide

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