After too many delays over the years to count, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date. Provided there is no other last-minute setbacks, heir Hubble Space Telescope a flight is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 25.
NASA expects the Ariane 5 rocket carrying JWST to take off no later than 7:20 ET on Christmas from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. You can watch the whole event unfold, starting with the pre-launch report, starting at 3am Eastern Time. The space agency will broadcast the launch on its own NASA live website as well as on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Snatch.
Understandably, there is a lot of excitement for JWST to finally break into space. Not only will the successful launch mark the end of a turbulent 14-year development cycle, but the telescope, with its far more advanced sensors than Hubble, will allow astronomers to see black holes and early galaxies in a way they have never seen before. could have done in the past.
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