NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission: Live updates



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2022-01-01T18:40:43.482Z
Taking a relaxation dayThe workforce overseeing the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope are taking in the present day (Jan. 1) off, in keeping with a NASA assertion. Yesterday’s process, deploying the 2 booms that assist the width of the observatory’s huge sunshield, ran later into the day than personnel had hoped. And the following step is much more daunting: a two-day strategy of separating the 5 delicate layers of the huge sunshield.That work will start tomorrow (Jan. 2), the assertion famous, and is predicted to take two days to finish. Read extra>

2022-01-01T04:42:17.157Z
James Webb unfurls its sunshield!The James Webb Space Telescope efficiently unfurled its huge sunshield on Friday (Dec. 31), notching an enormous milestone in its lengthy and complicated deployment marketing campaign. Read our full story about it right here.The sunshield, which can assist maintain Webb’s optics and devices cool sufficient to detect faint warmth indicators from the early universe, unfolded by way of two “mid-booms,” which have been prolonged over two roughly three-hour stretches on Friday.The increase extension actions have been delayed barely whereas Webb workforce members checked to ensure the sunshield’s protecting cowl had totally rolled up as wanted. But every thing labored out simply advantageous.”Today is an example of why we continue to say that we don’t think our deployment schedule might change, but that we expect it to change,” Keith Parrish, Webb observatory supervisor at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, stated in a weblog put up replace Friday evening.”The team did what we had rehearsed for this kind of situation — stop, assess and move forward methodically with a plan,” Parrish stated. “We still have a long way to go with this whole deployment process.”Next up is tensioning of the sunshield’s 5 layers, which might be full as early as Sunday (Jan. 2). After that, the Webb workforce will shift their focus to reflect deployment.

2022-01-01T00:50:32.829Z
Sunshield midway unfurled!The James Webb Space Telescope has efficiently deployed its sunshield port mid-boom, unfurling half of the massive membranous construction.”The deployment of the 5 telescoping segments of the mid-boom began around 1:30pm ET and reached full deployment at 4:49 pm,” mission workforce members stated by way of Twitter in the present day (Dec. 31). “Webb’s deployment steps are all human-controlled, so the schedule can change. The team plans to deploy the starboard mid-boom tonight.”There was certainly a schedule change in the present day: The mid-boom deployments have been purported to occur earlier, however Webb’s handlers took additional time to ensure the sunshield’s protecting cowl had totally rolled up as deliberate, mission workforce members defined in one other tweet.  Sunshield deployment is among the riskiest, most advanced actions the $10 billion observatory will carry out throughout its time in house. So maintain your fingers crossed that every thing goes nicely tonight and over the weekend, when the workforce plans to deliver the deployed defend’s layers as much as the correct rigidity.

2021-12-31T13:39:24.832Z
James Webb Space Telescope to deploy sunshield boomsThis NASA animation reveals one of many mid-booms on the James Webb Space Telescope extending out to tug the observatory’s sunshield to its full width. (Image credit score: NASA)It’s a giant day for the James Webb Space Telescope. Today is the day the massive house observatory will deploy the 2 mid-booms on it port and starboard facet that may prolong its sunshield out to its full width. The port increase will probably be prolonged first, adopted by the starboard increase. Motors will drive each occasions. Each mid-boom will deploy with its 5 sunshield membrane layers hooked up. If it goes easily, Webb will spend the following two days tightening the strain of the sunshield so it is not unfastened. Wondering why it takes so many steps to deploy Webb’s sunshield? Our Senior Writer Mike Wall has the complete story right here in the present day.

2021-12-30T18:36:35.813Z
Webb deploys flab, removes sunshield coversNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope removes the covers from its sunshield on this animation of the important deployment step that occurred in house on Dec. 30, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA)NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope efficiently accomplished its two important deployments for in the present day, the house company introduced. In back-to-back updates, NASA officers confirmed that the Webb house telescope efficiently deployed its aft momentum flap and retracted the protecting membrane covers on its gossamer sunshield, a significant step within the weeklong work to unfurl the defend. Read the complete story from Senior Writer Chelsea Gohd right here.The membrane covers protected Webb’s sunshield, which will probably be as massive as a tennis courtroom when deployed, throughout launch. You can see an animation of how the quilt retraction went in house above. Here’s a close-up graphic under of the aft momentum flap, which is designed to regular Webb in opposition to the push of photo voltaic wind in opposition to its big sunshield. — Tariq MalikThe aft momentum flap of the James Webb Space Telescope (backside left) is seen in its deployed configuration on this NASA graphic. (Image credit score: NASA)

2021-12-30T14:26:40.073Z
2 deployment steps for Webb telescope in the present dayIt’s been 5 days since NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launched into house on the observatory has two steps deliberate for in the present day to proceed its ultra-complicated deployment. Today, Webb is predicted to unfold a aft momentum flap, a three-panel construction on the backside rear of the telescope designed to offset a number of the stress from the photo voltaic wind on Webb’s huge sunshield. The flap ought to assist Webb preserve gas throughout its mission life because it limits the additional push on the telescope from the photo voltaic wind.Later, Webb is predicted to retract the sunshield membrane covers which were defending its skinny sunshield layers since launch. The step would require a collection of launch units to be activated that may then retract and roll up the membrane covers (two per sunshield pallet, fore and aft) to uncover the sunshield itself. When deployed, the five-layer sunshield will probably be in regards to the dimension of a tennis courtroom. But there are 50 distinct steps to get it into place.You can discover precisely how Webb is unfolding at NASA’s Deployment Explorer web site right here. — Tariq Malik

2021-12-29T23:46:39.343Z
JWST extends its Deployable Tower AssemblyAn animation of the James Webb Space Telescope extending its Deployable Tower Assembly in house. (Image credit score: NASA)The James Webb Space Telescope has efficiently accomplished the deployment of the tower meeting that separates the 2 important halves of the spacecraft. The observatory’s Deployable Tower Assembly took somewhat over 6.5 hours to increase, creating about four toes (1.2 meters) of house between the mirror meeting and the spacecraft’s bus, which homes its electronics and propulsion methods, NASA officers stated in a press release.”This creates enough distance to allow the sensitive mirrors and instruments to cool down to the necessary temperatures to detect infrared light,” NASA stated within the assertion. “This gap will also provide room for the sunshield membranes to fully unfold.”Read the complete story hereCorrection: This put up was up to date to right the gap of house created by the tower deployment, it’s four toes, not 2 toes.

2021-12-29T15:51:32.707Z
Next up: Deployable Tower AssemblyNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has begun extending its Deployable Tower Assembly, in keeping with an company replace. The course of, which started shortly after 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), will take at the least six hours and creates house for the observatory’s sunshield to deploy.

2021-12-29T15:27:27.599Z
Good information: Webb has loads of gas for years of scienceThe James Webb Space Telescope fires its thruster within the second of three mid-course maneuvers on this NASA graphic.  (Image credit score: NASA)According to a NASA replace, the James Webb Space Telescope might have sufficient gas to greater than double its minimal lifetime due to the precision of its launch and the 2 trajectory corrections the spacecraft has made to this point.”The Webb team has analyzed its initial trajectory and determined the observatory should have enough propellant to allow support of science operations in orbit for significantly more than a 10-year science lifetime. (The minimum baseline for the mission is five years.)” company officers wrote in an replace posted Dec. 29.However, NASA emphasised that it isn’t offering a brand new mission timeline for the long-awaited observatory. “Consequently, Webb will have much more than the baseline estimate of propellant — though many factors could ultimately affect Webb’s duration of operation,” officers wrote within the assertion. Read extra>

2021-12-29T00:52:08.282Z
Webb’s sunshield unfolds some extraAn animation of the James Webb Space Telescope deploying the aft pallet of its sunshield. (Image credit score: NASA)The James Webb Space Telescope has efficiently accomplished deploying each pallet buildings of its sunshield, notching one other milestone within the five-day-long strategy of unfurling the large sunshield. After deploying the ahead pallet earlier in the present day, the aft pallet completed deploying at roughly 7:27 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 28 (0027 GMT on Dec. 29).”While the actual motion to lower the forward pallet from its stowed to its deployed position took only 20 minutes, and the lowering of the aft pallet took only 18 minutes, the overall process took several hours for each because of the dozens of additional steps required,” NASA officers stated in a press release. “These include closely monitoring structural temperatures, maneuvering the observatory with respect to the sun to provide optimal temperatures, turning on heaters to warm key components, activating release mechanisms, configuring electronics and software, and ultimately latching the pallets into place.”

2021-12-28T19:04:55.351Z
Sunshield deployment has begun!A NASA graphic reveals the James Webb Space Telescope with its ahead sunshield pallet deployed. (Image credit score: NASA)The James Webb Space Telescope has begun deploying its huge sunshield, a significant element of the observatory. The spacecraft unfolded its Forward Unitized Pallet Structure, which helps the sunshield, on Tuesday (Dec. 28). Read extra>

2021-12-28T16:40:27.157Z
Webb has crossed the moon’s orbitNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now farther from Earth than the moon’s orbit, in keeping with an company replace posted late Monday (Dec. 27). The spacecraft additionally accomplished its second of three trajectory correction burns. Next up, the observatory will start deploying its huge sunshield. Read extra>

2021-12-27T16:15:56.649Z
Webb telescope maneuver deliberateThe James Webb Space Telescope fires its thruster within the second of three mid-course maneuvers on this NASA graphic.  (Image credit score: NASA)It’s day three of NASA’s “29 days on the edge” for the James Webb Space Telescope and in the present day’s important objective is to carry out the second of three mid-course correction burns to refine Webb’s path to its new dwelling at Lagrange level 2, or L2, almost 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth.  Latest story: James Webb Space Telescope efficiently deploys antenna Webb carried out its first, and largest, course correction burn on Saturday, Dec. 25, after launching into house. The third burn will happen on day 29 to enter its ultimate orbit across the L2 level. Here’s how NASA describes in the present day’s deliberate burn on its deployment information: “This burn fine-tunes Webb’s trajectory after launch. The duration of the burn will depend on Ariane 5 launcher performance.”There are three mid-course correction (MCC) maneuvers: MCC-1a, MCC-1b, and MCC-2. This is the second. The first burn, MCC-1a, is an important and the one different time-critical operation except for photo voltaic array deployment throughout Webb’s commissioning interval.”The second, MCC-1b, is a shorter burn carried out earlier than the sunshield deployment is scheduled to begin. The ultimate maneuver, MCC-2, carried out 29 days after launch, is designed to insert Webb into the optimum orbit round L2. 

2021-12-26T16:33:25.996Z
Antenna deployment successfulA day after launch, the James Webb Space Telescope continues to journey away from Earth and set itself up for observations within the months to return.Beginning on Sunday (Dec. 26) at about 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT), the spacecraft deployed and examined a key antenna in a course of that took about one hour, in keeping with a NASA assertion. The antenna will probably be liable for twice-daily science knowledge dumps to Earth.In addition, the spacecraft’s temperature sensors and pressure gauges started work in a single day. The subsequent stage within the telescope’s deployment, in keeping with NASA, will probably be a second course-correction burn scheduled to happen about two days after launch.

2021-12-26T02:07:48.103Z
Crucial burn full, NASA saysThe James Webb Space Telescope efficiently executed a significant burn to right its trajectory, in keeping with a NASA assertion. The burn started at 7:50 p.m. EST (0050 GMT) and lasted for 65 minutes, in keeping with the company. The maneuver additionally marked the final step of the mission’s deployment that wanted to be executed at a selected time; any further, mission personnel can adapt the deployment timeline as wanted. Read extra>

2021-12-26T00:53:20.330Z
Presidential congratulationsCongratulations @NASA and all who made in the present day’s launch of the James Webb telescope potential. Webb is a shining instance of the facility of what we are able to accomplish after we dream large. We’ve all the time identified that this undertaking could be a dangerous endeavor, however with large threat comes large rewards.December 25, 2021See morePresident Joe Biden supplied his congratulations on the profitable launch of the James Webb Space Telescope the night of its flawless launch. “Congratulations @NASA and all who made today’s launch of the James Webb telescope possible,” Biden wrote in a tweet. “Webb is a shining example of the power of what we can accomplish when we dream big. We’ve always known that this project would be a risky endeavor, but with big risk comes big rewards.”

2021-12-25T19:26:17.226Z
Where is NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope?It’s been simply over 7 hours since NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launched into house and the house telescope is at the moment greater than 67,800 miles (109,110 kilometers) away and climbing because it makes its means towards its vacation spot: Lagrange Point 2.  Full story: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches on epic mission to review early universeMore: ‘It’s really Christmas’: James Webb Space Telescope’s yuletide launch has NASA overjoyedIn images: The Christmas launch of NASA’s James Webb Space TelescopeYou can monitor the Webb house telescope with NASA’s Where is Webb web site on-line, which makes use of real-time telemetry from the spacecraft to current a exact image of the place the house telescope is and at what stage its deployment is in.It will take about 29 days for Webb to succeed in L2 almost 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth, and about six months earlier than it is going to be prepared to start snapping photographs of the universe.The subsequent milestone for Webb will probably be a mid-course correction burn, a maneuver in deep house to fine-tune the house telescope on its path to L2.

2021-12-25T15:56:27.577Z
‘It’s really Christmas!’ NASA on JWST launchNASA chief Bill Nelson known as in the present day’s profitable launch of the James Webb Space Telescope a “good day for Earth” as NASA and its companions have a good time the profitable starting of a $10 billion mission. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s affiliate administrator for science missions, stated it is a Christmas to recollect.”What am amazing day,” Zurbuchen stated. “It’s truly Christmas with all the presents and everything and we have a space mission.”

2021-12-25T13:34:27.314Z
Post-launch press convention for JWSTWith NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope efficiently launched, the house company and its companions will maintain a press convention quickly to have a good time the profitable liftoff.The press convention is predicted to start by 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT) and will embrace the heads of businesses who constructed James Webb, in addition to main mission scientists. You can watch it stay within the window above. Meanwhile, here is a glance again at in the present day’s profitable launch.

2021-12-25T13:13:24.068Z
James Webb Space Telescope launch a successNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is efficiently in house and starting its monthlong trek to its L2 dwelling about 1 million miles from Earth. Full story: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches on epic mission to review early universe”It’s a great day for planet Earth,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated after the launch. “We are going to discover incredible things that we never imagined.”The accolades are pouring in from the house businesses who labored collectively to place the house telescope along with a collection of interviews on NASA TV. 

2021-12-25T12:58:13.626Z
Spacecraft separation and photo voltaic array deploy(Image credit score: NASA TV)NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has efficiently separated from its Ariane 5 rocket and deployed its photo voltaic array to mark a flawless journey into house after in the present day’s launch. A digicam on Webb’s Ariane 5 rocket higher stage beamed stay views of the occasion, with photo voltaic array deployment occurring a bit early. ‘Go, Webb, go!” rang cheers from Arianespace launch management on the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.(Image credit score: NASA TV)

2021-12-25T12:46:20.456Z
2nd stage shutdown2nd stage shutdown: The Ariane 5 higher stage engine carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has shut down as deliberate. 

2021-12-25T12:40:38.871Z
James Webb Space Telescope on monitor throughout ascentThe Ariane 5 rocket carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continues its 2nd stage burn to hold the telescope into house. “Very quiet now in the room,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias says of launch management.  Officials with NASA, Arianespace and their companions are watching telemetry rigorously, he says. So far, all methods are working as anticipated.”Today’s countdown was as flawless as you can imagine,” Navias stated. “Everything fell together on this Christmas Day to send a new present to the world’s astronomers.”four minutes of powered flight stay.

2021-12-25T12:30:53.431Z
Upper Stage separation and ignitionStage Separation: The Ariane 5 rocket carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has jettisoned its important stage and ignited its higher stage to proceed powering the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit.

2021-12-25T12:29:01.812Z
View of James Webb Space Telescope on Ariane 5This view reveals the James Webb Space Telescope folded up on its Ariane 5 rocket because it launched into house on Dec. 25, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)A digicam aboard in the present day’s Ariane 5 rocket launch has captured a view of the James Webb Space Telescope folded up for launch. You can see that picture above right here. Webb continues its ascent on its Ariane 5.

2021-12-25T12:24:30.884Z
Stage separation for Ariane 5, Fairing separationStage separation: The 2 strap on boosters for the Ariane 5 rocket carrying the James Webb Space Telescope have separated as deliberate.The rocket has additionally jettisoned its payload fairing. “All parameters normal,” Arianespace reviews.

2021-12-25T12:22:20.732Z
Liftoff for the James Webb Space Telescope!An Ariane 5 rocket carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches into the sky from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Dec. 25, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)LIFTOFF! NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches on a mission to hunt out the earliest gentle of the universe

2021-12-25T12:18:05.478Z
James Webb Space Telescope in ultimate countdownThe Ariane 5 rocket carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now in its ultimate automated launch countdown sequence. A ultimate launch climate test reveals good situations for launch, Arianespace reviews.Less than three minutes stay till launch. 

2021-12-25T12:15:54.534Z
JWST launching 53 years after Apollo 8 Christmas broadcastNASA spokesperson Rob Navias took a second in in the present day’s James Webb Space Telescope launch broadcast to remind viewers Webb is launching on Christmas Day, 53 years after NASA’s Apollo Eight crew beamed a Christmas Eve message to Earth from the moon. In that Christmas broadcast in 1968, the Apollo Eight astronauts learn from the Bible’s Book of Genesis to mark the vacation.”Today, more than a half century later. we’re just minutes away from another Genesis, the genesis of a new era of discovery,” Navias stated. “The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is at hand.”

2021-12-25T12:11:19.204Z
James Webb Space Telescope on inner powerNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is on inner battery energy for in the present day’s launch, a significant milestone head of launch. NASA spokesperson Rob Navias says the observatory will stay on inner battery energy till its photo voltaic arrays deploy about 30 minutes after liftoff. It’s a cloudy day in Kourou for in the present day’s launch, however Navias says all methods are nonetheless inexperienced.”Don’t let those clouds fool you, we are go for launch,” Navias stated. 

2021-12-25T11:53:45.421Z
T-30 minutes to James Webb Space Telescope launchThe Ariane 5 rocket carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stands atop Launch Pad three on the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana for launch on Dec. 25, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA TV)The James Webb Space Telescope is lower than 30 minutes from launch for in the present day’s Ariane 5 liftoff. NASA spokesperson James Webb Space Telescope Rob Navias on the launch web site reviews all methods are inexperienced for launch thus far, with liftoff on monitor for a 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) ignition.

2021-12-25T11:05:46.060Z
Fueling full for James Webb Space TelescopeFueling is now full! 👍Our #Ariane5 is sitting tight @EuropeSpacePort with its passenger: @NASAWebb/@ESA_Webb!#VA256 #WebbFliesAriane pic.twitter.com/LPs5y7xg0NDecember 25, 2021See extraArianespace reviews the fueling course of for the Ariane 5 rocket is now full for in the present day’s launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. 

2021-12-25T11:02:59.003Z
NASA launch webcast stay for JWST launchMerry Christmas, house followers, it is launch day for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. After months of delays, the brand new Great Observatory is able to launch at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) atop an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. NASA’s stay launch webcast has begun for this Christmas launch, a uncommon occasion for NASA. NASA is kicking off its webcast with its epic trailer for the James Webb Space Telescope mission, which makes use of the phrases of famed astronomer Carl Sagan.

2021-12-25T08:21:26.161Z
‘Go’ for fuelingThe Ariane 5 rocket that may launch the James Webb Space Telescope will start fueling up for liftoff quickly, in keeping with the temporary replace simply aired on NASA TV. “Within the last hour mission controllers … received a comprehensive weather briefing and we were told conditions were ‘go’ for the start of the loading of 175 tons of propellant into the core or first stage of the Ariane five rocket,” a NASA spokesperson stated within the replace on NASA TV. “150 tons of liquid oxygen and 25 tons of liquid hydrogen will soon be flowing into the first stage tanks of the Ariane 5. This process will take about two hours to complete. About an hour from now some 15 tons of propellant will be loaded into the second stage, or upper stage, of the Ariane 5 — another two-hour process, which should be complete around one hour and 22 minutes before launch.”Go for fueling! 😊Get prepared for our Flight #VA256 with @NASAWebb/@ESA_Webb on board #Ariane5!#VA256 #WebbFliesAriane pic.twitter.com/LxZ5ASoszqDecember 25, 2021See extra

2021-12-25T08:01:01.196Z
NASA to offer Webb telescope updateNASA officers are about to offer a standing replace on the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. You can watch it stay within the window above, courtesy of NASA TV, or straight by way of YouTube.

2021-12-24T16:52:19.361Z
Just at some point leftThe Ariane 5 rocket carrying the James Webb Space Telescope as seen on the launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana, the night of Dec. 24, 2021. (Image credit score: NASA/Bill Ingalls)The James Webb Space Telescope remains to be on monitor for a Christmas Day launch, after spending the evening of Dec. 23 on the launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace, which constructed the Ariane 5 rocket carrying the observatory, has confirmed that the climate forecast seems promising for the Saturday launch try. “Latest weather forecast just arrived and we are still good to go for tomorrow!” the European launch supplier wrote in a press release posted to Twitter.

2021-12-23T22:03:13.019Z
Webb is on the launch pad! The Ariane 5 rocket carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope rolled out to the launch pad on Dec. 23, 2021.  (Image credit score: NASA/Bill Ingalls)The Ariane 5 rocket carrying the James Webb Space Telescope made the two-hour trek out to the launch pad at Kourou, French Guiana, on Thursday (Dec. 23). See extra images

2021-12-23T12:55:28.299Z
Roll-out is coming!Let the roll-out to the launch pad start for @ariane5 and #Webb! 🚀The doorways of the meeting constructing have opened @EuropeSpacePort #WebbFliesAriane #JWST #VA256 📸 ESA – S. Corvaja pic.twitter.com/iMfgce4yLiDecember 23, 2021See extraThe James Webb Space Telescope and its Ariane 5 rocket will start the gradual march to the launch pad at Kourou, French Guiana, prematurely of the mission’s Saturday morning launch at about 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) on Dec. 23.

2021-12-22T21:05:12.728Z
Christmas Day launch nonetheless on monitor for JWSTThe goal launch date for the @NASAWebb/@ESA_Webb is confirmed on December 25, as early as potential throughout the following launch window: pic.twitter.com/aGB1ABzML5December 22, 2021See extraArianespace, the European firm liable for launching the James Webb Space Telescope, confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday (Dec. 22) afternoon that they have been nonetheless concentrating on Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 25) for the launch of the large observatory.The rocket, an Ariane 5, will roll out to the launch pad at Kourou, French Guiana, on Thursday morning (Dec. 23), the corporate famous.

2021-12-21T21:55:54.257Z
High winds delay launch to ChristmasHowever, attributable to adversarial climate situations at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, the flight #VA256 to launch the James Webb Space Telescope –initially scheduled for December 24– is being postponed.December 21, 2021See extraArianespace has introduced that attributable to upper-level winds, it is not going to try and launch the James Webb Space Telescope on Friday (Dec. 24). The subsequent launch alternative will probably be Saturday (Dec. 25) starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT).

2021-12-21T17:46:47.705Z
NASA Webb Space Telescope prelaunch briefingWith the clocking steadily ticking towards a Christmas Eve launch for the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA and its companions will maintain a prelaunch teleconference for the mission in the present day, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) and you may watch it stay. The webcast will probably be broadcast on NASA Live and simulcast within the audio participant on the prime of this web page. Speaking throughout in the present day’s prelaunch press convention will probably be:NASA Administrator Bill NelsonNASA Deputy Administrator Pam MelroyThomas Zurbuchen, affiliate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters in WashingtonGreg Robinson, Webb program director, NASA HeadquartersJérôme Rives, vp, Ariane 5 Business Unit, Arianespace, Paris, FranceAmber Straughn, Webb deputy undertaking scientist for communications, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

2021-12-21T15:06:27.591Z
Three days till launch!With three days to go earlier than the James Webb Space Telescope launches, NASA has launched a mission trailer paired with archival audio of the enduring astronomer Carl Sagan. “If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal,” Sagan stated. Watch the complete trailer above.And study in regards to the unimaginable engineering behind essentially the most advanced house observatory ever constructed with a deep dive into the telescope that “is not allowed to fail” on this new characteristic story.

2021-12-20T16:13:45.209Z
What will the James Webb Space Telescope inform us about darkish matter?Observations of the diffuse galaxy AGC 114905 counsel the galaxy has no darkish matter. The discovering defies theories. (Image credit score: Javier Román & Pavel Mancera Piña)The world’s strongest house telescope is about to launch, and scientists suppose it may reveal unimaginable new details about darkish matter. The James Webb Space Telescope is about to launch on Dec. 24. from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. By observing primarily in infrared, the large telescope will be capable of peer again farther than ever into the cosmos, revealing new details about our early universe. However, moreover, scientists suppose that the scope may make the most of the phenomenon generally known as gravitational lensing, from Einstein’s normal concept of relativity, to not directly “observe” proof of darkish matter. 

2021-12-19T14:07:23.183Z
It’s Launch Week for James Webb Space Telescope(Image credit score: ESA)It’s launch week for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and because the days rely all the way down to its Christmas Eve launch on Dec. 24, we’re having a look on the science promised by the massive new house observatory.Today’s characteristic: James Webb Space Telescope vs. Hubble: How will their photographs evaluate?Space.com senior author Chelsea Gohd takes a have a look at the basic variations between the enduring Hubble Space Telescope, which might seize photographs in seen gentle, and the James Webb Space Telescope, which is solely an infrared observatory, however one so delicate it is designed to look again nearer to the start of the universe than ever earlier than.

2021-12-18T14:22:25.262Z
Dec. 24 launch date confirmed for Webb house telescopeNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is seen throughout payload fairing encapsulation forward of its set up atop its Ariane 5 rocket for a Dec. 24, 2021 launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. (Image credit score: ESA-M.Pedoussaut)NASA and its companions formally confirmed Dec. 24 because the launch goal for the brand new James Webb Space Telescope. Liftoff is about for 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.Read our full story on the confirmed launch date right here.NASA confirmed the launch goal in the present day in a weblog put up, stating that the Webb house telescope is packed inside its nosecone and hooked up to its Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket. “The James Webb Space Telescope is confirmed for the target launch date of Dec. 24, at 7:20 a.m. EST,” NASA wrote. “Late yesterday, teams at the launch site successfully completed encapsulation of the observatory inside the Ariane 5 rocket that will launch it to space. Webb’s launch final readiness review will be held on Tuesday Dec. 21 and, if successful, roll-out is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 22.”

2021-12-18T00:20:29.357Z
Launch date affirmation coming SaturdayThe James Webb Space Telescope remains to be tentatively scheduled to launch on Dec. 24, however the launch date will not be formally confirmed till tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 18), in keeping with Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël. “Final encapsulation operations ongoing,” Israël tweeted late Friday. “Target launch date is December 24 at 12:20 am UTC. Confirmation Saturday.”Final encapsulation operations ongoing. Need a couple of extra hours to finish them. Target launch date is December 24 at 12:20 am UTC. Confirmation Saturday. Go @NASAWebb/@ESA_Webb! Go #Ariane5! Go! 🎅🚀#WebbFliesAriane #VA256 pic.twitter.com/15wvWpaD3RDecember 17, 2021See extra

2021-12-17T14:48:49.804Z
NASA, ESA discussing Webb house telescope launch dateNASA and the European Space Agency are discussing their choices in the present day (Dec. 17) on when to launch the multibillion-dollar James Webb Space Telescope. Earlier this week, the 2 businesses and their companions delayed the Webb telescope’s Dec. 22 launch after an information cable problem prevented communications between the observatory and gear with its Ariane 5 rocket. The launch is at the moment focused for no sooner than Dec. 24, however that launch date may change. NASA and ESA have each stated they may announce a firmer launch date by then finish of the day in the present day, Dec. 17. The defective knowledge cable on Webb was mounted yesterday afternoon and engineers have been anticipated to carry out ultimate exams earlier than making a choice on whether or not to shut up the house telescope inside its clamshell-like payload fairing.The Webb house telescope is NASA’s subsequent “Great Observatory” and set to launch on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission has been delayed a number of occasions in current months, from an October launch goal to late December attributable to launch preparation points.

2021-12-16T22:48:37.033Z
Data cable mounted on James Webb Space TelescopeJust in from the Webb launch web site: The workforce has mounted the connection problem and @NASAWebb is within the midst of its ultimate scheduled aliveness check earlier than launch. We’ll present a further replace on the standing of encapsulation and the launch date tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ehFVzfeeCIDecember 16, 2021See moreDr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s affiliate administrator for science missions, introduced on Twitter in the present day that the launch workforce for the company’s James Webb Space Telescope has mounted the info cable connection problem that has delayed the house observatory’s launch. A brand new launch date will probably be introduced on Friday, Dec. 18. “Just in from the Webb launch site: The team has fixed the connection issue and @NASAWebb is in the midst of its final scheduled aliveness test before launch,” Zurbuchen wrote on Twitter. “We’ll provide an additional update on the status of encapsulation and the launch date tomorrow.”The Webb Space Telescope is at the moment focused to launch no sooner than Dec. 24, two days later than deliberate because of the knowledge cable problem.

2021-12-16T19:09:00.168Z
Faulty cable prompted JWST launch delayA defective communications cable is liable for the James Webb Space Telescope’s newest delay, in keeping with the European Space Agency. In a press convention in the present day (Dec. 16), ESA officers stated a defective knowledge designed to ship knowledge from the Webb house telescope  and its rocket and launch pad gear was not working correctly.”It’s an interface issue in the electrical network connecting the observatory and the ground support equipment,” Daniel Neuenschwander, ESA director of house transportation, stated within the briefing. “It’s a cable located in the launch table, which is experiencing some intermittent losses of data.”Read our full story right here.

2021-12-16T17:28:39.961Z
JWST packed for flight(Image credit score: ESA-M.Pedoussaut)On Saturday, Dec. 11, Arianespace packed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for launch, putting in the house telescope atop its Ariane 5 rocket for a deliberate launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The precise launch date for the Webb house telescope remains to be unsure, as NASA and Arianespace have delayed its launch (initially set for Dec. 22) to no sooner than Dec. 24. An replace on launch plans for Webb is predicted by Friday, Dec. 17, in keeping with NASA. NASA and Arianespace initially aimed to launch the Webb house telescope on Oct. 31 and have delayed it repeatedly attributable to integration and different points. Watch this house for updates on a brand new agency launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope.

2021-12-15T01:04:36.927Z
JWST launch delayed to Dec. 24(Image credit score: M.Pedoussaut/ESA)The James Webb Space Telescope is now scheduled to launch no sooner than Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), NASA introduced in the present day.”The James Webb Space Telescope team is working a communication issue between the observatory and the launch vehicle system,” NASA officers stated in a press release. “This will delay the launch date to no earlier than Friday, Dec. 24. We will provide more information about the new launch date no later than Friday, Dec. 17.”Read the complete story

2021-12-09T02:16:43.287Z
James Webb Space Telescope able to launchAfter years of improvement and billions of {dollars}, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is almost able to launch. Follow JWST’s final days on Earth and its future as a brand new Great Observatory for NASA, the European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency and the world in our stay protection right here. 





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