The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has been postponed again, this time due to communication problems between the launch system and the observatory. The flight, which will take place on the 22nd, is now scheduled to take place no later than December 24th.
Last week, James Webb took another step towards his release by placing him at the top of the Ariane 5 . missile, which will take you to space from French Guiana. However, a failure between the telescope’s connection to the launch system led to another delay. The good news is that the release date is still scheduled for this year, now on Christmas Eve.
to update: Tweet embed It is now targeted to launch no later than December 24 to allow teams to work on a communications issue between the observatory and the launch vehicle system: https://t.co/ZdpvYvdXxO pic.twitter.com/wN1wb7nuGn
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James Webb is the natural successor to the illustrious Hubble Space Telescope, which has been in operation since 1990. But the new space observatory will be able to see space beyond what Hubble can do.
Once released, James Webb will travel towards Lagrange Point 2 (L2), a kind of interrupted orbit between the Earth and the Sun, located 1.5 million kilometers from our planet. It will take about a month for it to finally reach its final location and then start its mission.
During this flight, NASA named it 29 days max.The telescope will perform a series of complex commands, such as opening a tennis court-sized sunscreen — an essential part of protecting it from the sun’s heat, in order to ensure that the infrared observations are working.
In any case, there is great anticipation for its launch, as it will be able to see the first stars and galaxies in the universe, as well as analyze the atmospheres of exoplanets for vital fingerprints.
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