PHOTOS: Ten Mind-Blowing Solar Views from the SDO
"I'm not brash enough to tell you what new and exciting things there are, but there are hints that people are very excited about," he added.
"We're now seeing a lot more structure than we anticipated that we would see. There are some things in these images that we had expected, but there are others that are completely new to us," Title said.
The 4-foot long, 450-pound telescope was launched on June 27 for what is expected to be a two-year mission. Its first images were released on Thursday.
"Obviously, we need more analysis to understand what we're seeing," said IRIS scientist Bart De Pontieu, also with Lockheed Martin.
Image: These two images show a section of the sun as seen by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, on the left and NASA's SDO on the right. The IRIS image provides scientists with unprecedented detail of the lowest parts of the sun's atmosphere, known as the interface region. Credit: NASA/SDO/IRIS