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NASA readies James Webb Space Telescope for December launch

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NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit Dec. 18, 2021, to serve as the premier deep space observatory for the next decade.

The agency set the new target launch date in coordination with Arianespace after Webb recently and successfully completed its rigorous testing regimen – a major turning point for the mission. The new date also follows Arianespace successfully launching an Ariane 5 rocket in late July and scheduling a launch that will precede Webb. The July launch was the first for an Ariane 5 since August 2020.

Webb, an international program led by NASA with its partners ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, will launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on the northeastern coast of South America. ESA is providing the Ariane 5.

The highly complex space telescope is currently resting in its final stow configuration at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach, California.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-readies-james-webb-space-telescope-for-december-launch

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quiXilver

Oh man, I'm so looking forward to what this thing will show us!

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kartikg

Now everything is learned, building a few more should not take so long. A few more should be built. 

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pallidin

Wow. Impressive complex instrument and hoping all goes well.

 

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L.A.T.1961

James Webb super-telescope arrives at launch site.

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope has arrived in French Guiana to prepare for its 18 December launch.

The $10bn (£7.3bn) James Webb observatory was delivered to South America by ship.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58888302

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