NASA Finally Confirms Launch Date For Its Telescope
NASA has confirmed that the James Webb space telescope will be launched into space on December 24.
The telescope promises to show humans what the Universe looks like nearly 14 billion years ago.
AFPNASA has confirmed that the James Webb space telescope will be launched on December 24.
It will be after the late James E. Webb, who ran NASA during the 1960s.
The project, begun several years ago, in 1989, but was initially delayed.
It poses to be the largest and most powerful telescope ever to be launched into space — in the early 2000s.
But multiple problems forced delays and a tripling of the telescope’s original budget with a final price tag of nearly $10 billion (8.8 billion euros).
The Webb telescope was built in the US and transported to its launch site in Kourou in French Guyana this year with a planned date of departure of December 18.
However, new problems have forced two delays.
“The James Webb Space Telescope is confirmed for the target launch date of December 24,” tweeted launch company Arianespace, adding that it would go ahead at 12:20 GMT on that day.
Confirming the launch date, NASA tweeted that the telescope was “encapsulated inside its Ariane5 rocket fairing”.