Ariane 5 has not been seen in the sky since 29 seconds after launch. The first image of the James Webb Telescope. See more

Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA

News! Spectacular launch, right? It was a huge success, a launch and a rocket as beautiful. If you haven't seen the release yet, you can watch it here:

 But even if you saw it and if you didn't see it, we have to tell you that a lot happened during the launch. See below all the thnigs that happens.


The James Webb Telescope team estimated that the Ariane 5 will no longer be seen in the sky 47 seconds after launch. But, it was not seen after 29 seconds from the launch, it is true that there were some clouds. But even if there were clouds, in 29 seconds of launch it could no longer be seen in the sky ... .


After 27 minutes and 8 seconds, the James Webb Telescope completely detached from the Ariane 5, leaving him alone in space and beginning his wonderful mission. However, before that it was separated from the main part of the racquet 8 minutes and 48 seconds after launch. The "main part" of Ariane 5 that long middle compartment of Ariane 5. After that it separated from the last part at 27 minutes and 8 seconds. This last part could be seen only after the separation from the "main part". This (last) part wanted more the role of fixing Webb where it should be and to be able to lift it. Thus James Webb Telecsope was raised to an altitude of over 1000 km. 


Those in the control rooms really wanted to celebrate Christmas. At one point a red and green toy appeared on one of the rooms. And they even found the moment. When the camera was fixed on that toy, Webb was expected to be separated by the last part of Ariane 5. Luckily, that's what happened next. That toy was somewhere in the back of the room and he was sitting in a chair. 


Nothing can be more beautiful than an image of the James Webb Telescope after it "unfolded" into space. The first image of James Webb Telecsope was taken from somewhere behind the telescope, so only the back could be seen or could be seen. And because of the light from the sun, it looked purple, because it reflected light. But James Webb did well. And the image above is an extraordinary one, well, much weaker than Webb could do, but someone has to photograph it too. And now, now, we are waiting for the first image not of the James Webb Telescope to come, but the first image made by the James Webb Telescope.


The operations director of the team that launched the James Webb Telescope. As you can see from NASA TV during the launch, this is the one that started the countdown and writes in front of it: dir. operations. He took a picture at the end, after confirming that Webb had detached himself from the last part of Ariane 5. There were some people in that picture around a Christmas tree. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But he was very happy with this release. 

More about the telescope:

The whole process of building the telescope took 15 years, and in these 15 years, a telescope capable of many has been developed! MN Colibri is the ship with which Webb arrived from California in French Guiana in a container, navigating the Panama Canal.

After arriving in French Guiana, ESA announced that it had reached a 6-ton telescope, 10.5 m high and almost 4.5 m wide. However, the load with which the ship arrived was approximately approx. 76 tons, 6 tons are from the telescope, and the other 70 are different materials and equipment. ESA has announced that it offers extremely good conditions for the telescope, in clean rooms, even after it is mounted on the rocket. But now, it's on Spaceport in French Guiana. But, as far as we know, ESA said, it will be launched from the spaceport of French Guiana, which is somewhere in the middle of the forest.

Thousands of people have worked to remove this telescope and only 100 specialists are now working for this launch. ESA and NASA have divided these specialists into several groups, each dealing with a specific part. In the end, it should theoretically have all the teams put everything they worked on together, so the James Webb telescope is ready to launch.

James Webb Telescope is an international partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

General information about James Webb Telescope:

  • Launch mass: 6,500 kg (14,300 lb)
  • Dimensions: 20.197 m × 14.162 m (66.26 ft × 46.46 ft), sun-shield
  • Power: 2 kW
  • Type: Korsch telescope
  • Diameter: 6.5 m (21 ft)
  • Focal length: 131.4 m (431 ft)
  • Collecting area: 25.4 m2 (273 sq ft)
  • Launch date: 25 December 2021
  • Mission duration: 10 years (planned)

(credit: Wikipedia for general information - above information about James Webb Telescope)

What can we say? Congratulations to the team, to the people who worked and still work for the James Webb Telescope to work wonders. And finally, good luck to Webb! 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 25 December 2021, at 09:10 am Los Angeles time

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