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

    by takyon (881) <> 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.