Closer to launch! The James Webb Telescope is on Ariane 5 today, see here

Credit: ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut - Webb placed on top of Ariane 5
Credit: ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut - Webb placed on top of Ariane 5

Breaking news! It's getting closer to launching the James Webb Telescope. Today, ESA confirmed that the James Webb Telescope has been installed on the rocket from which it will be launched, as it is called Ariane 5. According to the European space agency, the telescope was installed on Ariane 5 on December 11, 2021, and today, December 14, 2021, this was confirmed. The James Webb Telescope is one of the largest and most powerful space telescopes in the world and will be launched on December 22, 2021, from the European spaceport in French Guiana. 

ESA explained that James was raised to a height of approx. 40 meters, and then it was taken to Ariane 5, and the spaceport technicians fixed the adapter for Webb's launch vehicle on the rocket. The agency also said the operation was one of the most delicate missions in the entire preparation and launch of the James Webb Telescope. Due to this, the whole operation was carried out in maximum cleanliness and safety. 

In the article published by ESA, the agency states: "A" shower curtain "about 12 m high and 8 m in diameter was installed between two platforms to create a closed space around the Webb to avoid any contamination." Thus, the James Webb Telescope has always been protected, with no high chance of anything happening. But the whole mission of mounting James on Ariane 5 is not over. The next step is to encapsulate Webb in the specially adapted hull of Ariane 5. 

If you want, you can read more about the James Webb Telescope here (from old article 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 Guyna Francza, 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: 22 December 2021 
  • Mission duration: 10 years (planned)

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

We wish succes to all people that work to this telescope and we wish succes to telescope to send us the best images and information from space.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 14 December 2021, at 10:31 am Los Angeles time

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