Ariane 5 is right now fixed by many people on the launch pad. It's powered right now. And in these hours the last check is made. See here

24/12/2021
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace

News! The wait is over! I mean, it's almost over. Jame Webb The telescope is confirmed by ESA as being in Ariane 5. But until tomorrow's launch, we have to wait a little longer. After 15 years of work, a check and a fixation are the ones that decide that after these 15 years Ariane 5 can take off or not. According to ESA, in these hours until the launch, the last check of the telescope and the ship is made. But there are also small checks on certain components, to know for sure that everything will go well. From the latest statements, it appears that many people are now on the launch pad to do these last minute checks, but also to fix Ariane 5 as well as possible on the launch pad. 

According to NASA and ESA, the time when Arine 5 will make history with the launch of the James Webb Telescooe is 12:20 GMT / 13:20 CET on December 25, 2021. This Christmas Day will probably be historic. After all the checks are ready (it is estimated that they will be ready in a few hours), Arien 5 will wait with the James Webb Telescope in it until launch. These last minute checks are done on all the missiles taking off, but this one will do even more. Why? Because they spent approx. $ 14 billion in this telescope and it worked for 15 years. 

Therefore, it is hoped that this launch will not be a good one, but an extraordinary one, in which there will be no risks. However, NASA administrator Bill Nelson recently said that there are many things to think about after launch. In addition, a few days ago, those from NASA, together with Bill Nelson, claimed that after the launch, not everything is hanging. There are a lot of things that need to be done after launch, otherwise it may not work the way we want it to. 

It is true that after the telescope is launched, a lot of people will work to make everything work more than perfectly. There will be an entire team monitoring the James Webb Telescope, and many more people will be monitoring it and Ariane 5 immediately after launch. After that wait, when the Jame Webb Telescope sends you the first image from space then we will know for sure that this telescope is working.

More about this mission (from olds articles on Bailey Universe):

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.

Credit: ESA
Credit: ESA

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)

We wish success to ESA, NASA and CSA, as well as to all those working on the launch, to be able to complete the checks and get a spectacular launch. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 24 December 2021, at 03:52 am Los Angeles time

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