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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday October 08 2020, @12:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the looking-forward-to-first-light dept.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes crucial launch-simulation tests:

NASA's next big space telescope just took another step toward its highly anticipated 2021 launch.

The $9.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope has passed "environmental testing," a series of trials designed to simulate the considerable rigors of launch, NASA officials announced today (Oct. 6).

"The successful completion of our observatory environmental tests represent[s] a monumental milestone in the march to launch," Webb project manager Bill Ochs, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said today in a statement. "Environmental testing demonstrates Webb's ability to survive the rocket ride to space, which is the most violent portion of its trip to orbit approximately a million miles from Earth."


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  • (Score: 2) by cmdrklarg on Thursday October 08 2020, @09:28PM (1 child)

    by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 08 2020, @09:28PM (#1062235)

    Boy that would suck if that Ariane5 had an RUD when launching the JWST. All that pain and cost for nothing.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 08 2020, @09:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 08 2020, @09:54PM (#1062250)

    Nature of the biz. You spend a decent chunk of your working career, say, on a planetary probe, then have it be DOA or something. It isn't wasted time and effort for the skills and experience you develop (and if you're lucky, you've gotten a number of refereed pubs and/or conference talks out of it), but it is a major major disappointment nonetheless.