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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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