NASA’s long-awaited flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to take off after October this year, as the agency will continue negotiations with the European Space Agency (ESA) to determine a final launch date. This is after they first announced in July last year that the Webb telescope will take off on Halloween on October 31, 2021. According to NASA, the tentative launch plan for the Webb telescope “will launch Ariane 5, scheduled for late July, approximately four months after the first launch.” The Ariane 5 rocket will launch the Webb telescope.
In order to ensure the safe takeoff of the telescope, two Ariane 5 launches have been scheduled before the telescope is finally launched from the spaceport in French Guiana. In August, the Webb telescope will be transported to the launch site, after which at least two months will be set aside for launch processing.
According to a statement from NASA, the observatory has completed all post-environmental test deployments and is in the final stage of integration and folding. The mission “goes on as planned, and the launch preparation date is no earlier than October 31, 2021.”
The James Webb Space Telescope has attracted a lot of attention among space enthusiasts, and they look forward to the research and discoveries that the telescope will promote. Work on this telescope began in 1997 and is expected to be launched in 2007. However, extensive testing and technical failures delayed the launch for more than ten years, giving the space community a deeper expectation for its launch. year.
According to NASA, this is the “largest space telescope ever.”
The largest space telescope ever, #NASAWebb Turn its keen infrared vision towards the first stars and galaxies in our universe, the distant worlds around other stars, and the objects in our solar system. ✨ #NASA pic.twitter.com/0bEjaXgjdg
-NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) June 2, 2021
The excitement surrounding Webb is not without reason. According to NASA’s own statement, the James Webb Telescope will study the origin of our universe and help scientists unravel the mysteries behind the formation of the solar system, including ourselves.
With longer wavelength coverage and higher sensitivity, Webb will complement the Hubble Space Telescope to observe “the beginning of time” more closely and help scientists study the emergence of the first galaxy in history. It will also help scientists study the luminous bodies and celestial bodies that are born today through dust clouds.