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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @06:38PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @06:38PM (#1207825)
    I find it humorous that they didn't trust SpaceX enough to handle the launch....
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @07:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @07:03PM (#1207831)

    I don't think it would fit in their fairing, and they'd already decided on Arian waaay back

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by takyon on Saturday December 25 2021, @07:57PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday December 25 2021, @07:57PM (#1207838) Journal

    They started planning this mission in 1996 for a launch in 2007. Falcon 9's maiden flight was in 2010.

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    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @11:06PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @11:06PM (#1207865)

      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.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @11:27PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @11:27PM (#1207866)

    They got a free launch, and in return, Europe gets extra time on the telescope

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 26 2021, @10:58AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 26 2021, @10:58AM (#1207917)

      No such thing as a free launch