James Webb Space Telescope reaches launch pad for Christmas liftoff
The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch on Saturday (Dec. 25) during a 32-minute window that opens at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT). The massive observatory will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana, atop an Ariane 5 rocket operated by European launch provider Arianespace. You can watch launch coverage live at Space.com beginning at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) courtesy of NASA or you can watch directly at the agency's website.
ESA launch kit (PDF).
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Which part of the world will Santa be in at the launch time? The military used to track Santa so they wouldn't launch anything at him. Does NASA even have the secret codes on the secret frequencies to communicate with Santa Clause? I assume that Navy Air is checking on possible collisions! Can't count on Army or Air Force.
Contrary to the propaganda, santa is out with covid, right now in mandatory 10-day quarantine.
You ain't getting jackshit this x-mas - "supply chain" problem you see.
The sleigh's grounded this year because Rudolph violated the Code of Conduct again.
Rudolph usually violates Blitzen. Which one is Code of Conduct?
Just got a card* with Santa on the couch in a psychotherapy office. The shrink is sitting to one side, she's taking notes on a pad. Santa says, "When I was a kid my parents told me I didn't exist."
* egad, yes, I mail cards to friends and they mail them to me--it's the latest fun covid pastime.
By and Arain rocket.
Right. Good job ALL WHITE NASA
To the Infinity!
That is the question.
If memory serves 138 is the right number, and that doesn't include the launch. If any one of them fails, the whole project fails.
That means there are 138 managers who's reputation are on the line in the next 30 days, and I sure as hell wouldn't want to be one of them.
I've done software for 40 years, and I can think of only 2 managers I've had I would trust with one of these, both were with Qualcomm in the 90s.
Shoutout to Rich and Cliff.
Don't tell me that Snotnose. I'm nervous enough about this launch as it is!
It's 300 and something. Most of them are related to the deployment, but a few are part of the actual science stuff.
It might work, but if they each have a 0.2% chance of failure, the overall system is still just a coin flip. To get actual good odds you need four or five nines on them all. Assuming the rocket doesn't blow up.
James Webb Has 344 Single-Point Failures. Here Are the 5 Most Critical Elements [interestingengineering.com]
If it does fail, space telescope development needs a reality check.
> 138 managers who's reputation are on the line
Managers? I don't think you know how this works. It's the lousy staff, can't get anyone decent these days. They better shape up else Christmas is cancelled FOREVER you mutts.
One manager can be (and often is) responsible for multiple points of failure.
What a wonderful day for a new bright star to appear in the sky.
Yes, I too celebrate the solstice of the Julian calendar.
Thanks SoylentNews, I might well have missed this if it wasn't for this article. Now I've really got something to look forward to on Christmas day!
Hey, the comment counts on the home page for the most recent stories are showing as zero. Until I clicked on the story I thought I was the only one nerdy enough or addicted enough to be commenting on Christmas eve but I guess something broke.
Merry Christmas Soylentils!
but I guess something broke
Like all your fellow Soylentils, perhaps?
Shouldn't you consider the possibility that it's the complement of the set of fellow Soylentils that's broken?
Something broke? What, the atheists won the War on Christmas??
Might watch it. JWST is going to be interesting. Hubble is old school.
For us in AEDT, it’s 9.20pm tonight.
NASA livestream starts an hour and 20 minutes early, or 1 hour from this comment.
Thanks takyon. Because of the story here, I was able to catch the live stream of the launch. n
Hate to lower the tone, but I'm feeling sorry for the guy overseeing the launch, Jean-Luc Voer--it totally sounds like the narrator keeps calling him voyeuer!
s/Voer/Voeur/ s/voyeuer/voyeur/ Seems like an easy name to get wrong!
Did anyone else see some small bits coming off the bottom part of Webb when it separated from the upper rocket stage? Hope that was just the springs / separation equipment. I thought the foil at the top of the picture looked sort of rough too. Hope there's no problems there!
You see that with pretty much any rocket launch with a camera showing stage separation. It's probably ice or something. It's not a Space Shuttle Columbia situation.
also the difference in speed between that last and all earlier stages that fell away instantly.
"Jean-Luc Voyager"? Sounds like somebody's getting their Star Trek series mixed up.
Yeah even my other half insisted he should be named Picard, what with his bald head and being in charge of (part of) a space mission. I muttered that he needed to say "Make it so."
i wonder what we need to see with it that will allow us to buy 5 bellon dollar$ worth of bitcoins...
you need a account at "only fans" for the uhm..err... deep penetrating views of the loonyverse, first...(hint: god doesn't drive a ferrari)
Didn't Musk give Him a Tesla?
i suppose we'll see HIM but since HE's sooo far away, the new telescope will see 1/10000 of his left toenail tho the debate will rage on and a new better telescope will be required to clarify which toenail it was exactly ...
It's in orbit now.
funny that the info graphics show shadows on the cold side.https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/deploymentExplorer.html [nasa.gov]
How long til it reaches Mars and initiates planetary oxygenation?
Damn I missed the launch. I just assumed it would be pushed back again!
I was watching Scott Manley's video yesterday on Webb and I think he said it will take about 2 weeks to get into the final orbit out past the moon-earth L2 point. They undershot on the upper stage because there was a risk it would be an over-performing engine and send the telescope out past it's orbit, with too much energy for the telescope to use it's fuel to return.
>> Damn I missed the launch. I just assumed it would be pushed back again!
Yeah, I'd put aside some time in 2029 too.
Making it past the swirling swarm of space junk around our poor old planet is a big step. The things that Hubble brought us must be appreciated and not forgotten. Webb is the next stage, the next generation - decades on. I feel privileged to live to see the wonders this new instrument will show us about the universe.
Not really. Most of what is up there is easily avoided if you are just passing through. The trouble happens when you stay in near Earth orbit, because repeated near-misses means something will eventually hit.
Did hell just freeze over??
Well, if you read Dante, you'll know that the innermost circle of Hell is already a permanently frozen waste.
So... telling Musk to go to hell is merely encouragement for his existing endeavour?
This is just the URL to Google's news on the JWST.
I don't think it would fit in their fairing, and they'd already decided on Arian waaay back
They started planning this mission in 1996 for a launch in 2007. Falcon 9's maiden flight was in 2010.
Man, we almost got to Web 4.0 before JWST launched.
It's weird to think that JWST is nearly as old as the WWW. Also weird that that still feels like yesterday.
They got a free launch, and in return, Europe gets extra time on the telescope
No such thing as a free launch
I thought soylentnews supported diversity equity and inclusion.
In March 2021, a commentary in Scientific American urged NASA to rename the James Webb Space Telescope, alleging that Webb had been complicit in the State Department's purge of LGBTQ individuals from the federal workforce. In July 2021, a related telescope renaming article appeared in the journal Nature. Scientists who opposed naming the telescope in Webb's honor pointed to the case of NASA budget analyst Clifford Norton, who in 1963 was accused of homosexual behavior, arrested and fired, with NASA calling his suspected conduct "immoral, indecent, and disgraceful". While critics argued that it would have been difficult for Webb not to be aware of these proceedings, direct evidence did not come to light. Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi wrote an article saying that the initial accusations that Webb was part of the Lavender Scare were based on a quote attributed to Webb which he never said, and that there is little to no evidence Webb took part in anti-gay discrimination. On September 30, 2021, NASA announced that it would keep the JWST name after running an investigation and finding "no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name".
TL;DR Someone put words in his mouth and then used that and the actions of others to accuse him.
What is this, 6 degrees of cancel culture? Why is it SN's fault for reporting on a thing named after a guy who may have said something that had nothing to do with the thing
OP is obviously mocking the SJW menace.