NASA has confirmed that the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched on December 18, 2021, as previously announced.
Webb, dubbed “the next major space observatory” by the US space agency, was originally scheduled to launch in March of this year. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic and technological difficulties, the event was finally postponed to October.
In a statement released Wednesday, NASA said Webb recently successfully completed its arduous testing routine, marking a major turning point in the mission’s progress. The agency worked with Arianespace to set the new target start date.
The revised date is the result of the successful launch of an Ariane 5 rocket by the French company Arianespace in late July, which was scheduled to launch before Webb. The launch of an Ariane 5 rocket in July was the first for the spacecraft since August 2020.
Website, a multinational NASA initiative with partners ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, will launch an Ariane 5 rocket from the European spaceport in French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America. Webb will be the first satellite to orbit the earth. According to NASA, the Ariane 5 is provided by the European Space Agency.
In Redondo Beach, California, Northrop Grumman is putting the finishing touches to the very complex space telescope that is currently in its final storage form.
According to Gregory L. Robinson, Webb’s program director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, “Webb is a remarkable mission that is the height of perseverance.”
“We have overcome technological difficulties along the way as well as those caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” the team says. With an observatory in place and a rocket ready for launch, I’m looking forward to the big day and the amazing science that will unfold, ”he continued.
As part of preparing for the shipping process, the Webb team is completing the final closing processes and packaging the observatory in preparation for its trip to the launch site. NASA has announced that the main components of the Ariane 5 rocket that Webb will put into orbit have arrived in Kourou, French Guiana, after a safe journey from Europe.
The telescope is said to help in the exploration of the secrets of our solar system as well as in the exploration of distant worlds orbiting other stars and the exploration of the mysterious architecture and beginnings of our cosmos.