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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 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 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) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> 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.