Tech NewsNASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch to December 22nd

DarylNovember 22, 2021

NASA’s oft-delayed James Webb Space Telescope has actually suffered yet another setback. While it was most recently scheduled to lift off on December 18th, it now will not launch up until December 22nd at the earliest. The delay is because of an incident that happened while service technicians were preparing to attach the telescope to the Ariane 5 rocket that will shuttle it into space.

“An abrupt, unplanned release of a clamp band– which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter– triggered a vibration throughout the observatory,” according to NASA. It’s now performing additional screening to guarantee the telescope wasn’t damaged during the incident. NASA says it will issue an update on the situation by the end of the week.

The follower to the Hubble Space Telescope has actually been afflicted by delays. When development started in 1996, NASA expected to deploy the JWST in 2007. The telescope was then deemed complete in 2016 however then postponed again due to its intricate construction. It was only fully assembled in 2019 and then the pandemic resulted in yet another period of setbacks. Given the history of the JWST, you can understand why NASA wants to play it safe.

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