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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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @07:34PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @07:34PM (#1207835)

    Making it past the swirling swarm of space junk around our poor old planet is a big step. The things that Hubble brought us must be appreciated and not forgotten. Webb is the next stage, the next generation - decades on. I feel privileged to live to see the wonders this new instrument will show us about the universe.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 26 2021, @02:58AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 26 2021, @02:58AM (#1207888)

    Not really. Most of what is up there is easily avoided if you are just passing through. The trouble happens when you stay in near Earth orbit, because repeated near-misses means something will eventually hit.

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Sunday December 26 2021, @07:50PM

      by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Sunday December 26 2021, @07:50PM (#1207959) Homepage
      Most of what's up there, by mass, is avoidable. However, when a speck weighing 1/10 of a gram carries as much energy as a high power rifle round, it's the myraid more in number small things that you actually need to be afraid of, as they can kill something a million times their size. We're a sphere - we're potentially an infinitude of collider beams everywhere, and those particle beams are invisible to us.
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