NASA postpones launch of James Webb space telescope due to incident

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has been postponed from December 18-22 due to an incident in the preparations for takeoff that requires additional tests at the observatory.

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The incident occurred during pre-launch operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, conducted under the overall responsibility of Arianespace.

According to NASA, technicians were preparing to connect Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. “A sudden and unplanned release of a tether, which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, caused a vibration throughout the observatory, Explain.

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An anomaly review board led by NASA was immediately convened to investigate and determined that additional tests be conducted to determine with certainty that the incident did not damage any components. NASA and its mission partners will provide an update when testing will be completed at the end of this week.

The Webb Space Telescope is an international partnership with European and Canadian space agencies. With a 6.5 meter primary mirror, explore every phase of cosmic history, from the interior of our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies of the early universe and everything in between.

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