The US space agency (NASA) said Saturday that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), considered the successor to Hubble, will be sent into space on December 24 after its launch was delayed due to a communication problem.
In a statement, NASA said the launch will be at 12:20 GMT on December 24, after Friday, the observatory was encased inside an Ariane 5 rocket.
Three days before, on December 21, a final review will take place, and if everything is fine, on December 22, preparations will continue.
The launch was planned for December 22, but had to be postponed due to a communication problem between the observatory and the launch vehicle system.
The James Webb Space Telescope, named after a former NASA official, will be the world’s largest space science observatory upon launch, capable of surveying hitherto inaccessible worlds and exploring the origins of the solar system.
This joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency will be launched into space from the European Spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
The launch of the telescope, which was originally scheduled to enter orbit in 2019, has been postponed three more times.
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