James Webb’s undamaged telescope will launch into space on December 22nd – archyde

The engineers completed further tests on Wednesday, November 24th and confirmed that Webb’s telescope was ready to fly, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said.

NASA experts then concluded that no parts of this planned space observatory had been damaged in the incident. Refueling operations at the observatory could begin on Thursday and last about 10 days.

Incident at the spaceport

Webb’s telescope was originally scheduled for March but had to be postponed to that month and then to December 18th due to a pandemic. After the incident at the Kourou spaceport, however, there was a risk of a bigger postponement than on December 22nd.

Technicians were about to attach an adapter to the telescope to attach it to the Ariane 5 launcher when the strap suddenly loosened, causing vibrations throughout the space telescope.

The telescope is an international project exploring every phase of space history – from our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe and everything in between. The aim is to investigate the development of the first galaxies and stars after the so-called Big Bang and to look for signs of possible life outside the solar system.

The already fully tested next-generation telescope, a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for 10 billion dollars (approx. 215 billion crowns), is the imaginary successor to the obsolete one still functional Hubble space telescope.

When the Webb Telescope reaches its final orbit around the Sun, approximately 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, and begins its work, it will be the largest and most powerful telescope ever launched into space.

The device consists of 18 hexagonal beryllium mirrors with a total diameter of 6.5 meters, the position of which can be checked from the earth. It is named after James E. Webb who was director of NASA in the 1960s at the height of the US and USSR space races.


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