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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: 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.