The launch of the James Webb Telescope is postponed for Christmas. See why here

22/12/2021
Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

News! Bad news ... The launch of the James Webb Telescope is postponed to Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. This unexpected postponement of the launch is largely due to the weather in French Guiana. I mean, where is ESA's spaceport, there's not much good weather there ... Instead, all of James' work, tests, and more were done. In addition, the James Webb Telescope received launch permission. 

But even if all is completed, the telescope still cannot be launched due to the weather. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But, hopefully, it will take off from ESA's spaceport on the Ariane 5 rocket. NASA and ESA have said that most likely, if a telescope launch window that day will be somewhere at 12: 20-12: 52 GMT / 13: 20-13: 52 CET (according to local time in French Guiana). So far there is no evidence that the James Webb Telescope or Ariane 5 have suffered from the weather. NASA said the telescope was safe and that nothing had happened.

More about James Webb Telescope (from old 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.

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

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 22 December 2021, at 08:58 am Los Angeles time

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