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posted by martyb on Saturday December 25 2021, @11:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the this-time-for-sure! dept.

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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  • (Score: 2) by corey on Friday December 24 2021, @11:06PM (8 children)

    by corey (2202) on Friday December 24 2021, @11:06PM (#1207701)

    Might watch it. JWST is going to be interesting. Hubble is old school.

    For us in AEDT, it’s 9.20pm tonight.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Saturday December 25 2021, @10:00AM (7 children)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday December 25 2021, @10:00AM (#1207754) Journal

    NASA livestream starts an hour and 20 minutes early, or 1 hour from this comment.

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    • (Score: 2) by canopic jug on Saturday December 25 2021, @12:29PM

      by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 25 2021, @12:29PM (#1207760) Journal

      Thanks takyon. Because of the story here, I was able to catch the live stream of the launch. n

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    • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Saturday December 25 2021, @12:42PM (5 children)

      by acid andy (1683) on Saturday December 25 2021, @12:42PM (#1207761) Homepage Journal

      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!

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      • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Saturday December 25 2021, @12:56PM (2 children)

        by acid andy (1683) on Saturday December 25 2021, @12:56PM (#1207764) Homepage Journal

        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!

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        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by takyon on Saturday December 25 2021, @01:24PM (1 child)

          by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday December 25 2021, @01:24PM (#1207765) Journal

          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.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @02:38PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @02:38PM (#1207784)

            also the difference in speed between that last and all earlier stages that fell away instantly.

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by tangomargarine on Sunday December 26 2021, @05:51AM (1 child)

        by tangomargarine (667) on Sunday December 26 2021, @05:51AM (#1207905)

        "Jean-Luc Voyager"? Sounds like somebody's getting their Star Trek series mixed up.

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        • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Sunday December 26 2021, @10:55PM

          by acid andy (1683) on Sunday December 26 2021, @10:55PM (#1207967) Homepage Journal

          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."

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