The James Webb Space Telescope is healthy

Finally, the incident with the clamp to secure the James Webb Space Telescope to the launcher adapter for integration into the upper stage of Ariane 5 did not cause any damage.

Following additional tests which were carried out to ensure that the vibration caused was of no consequence to parts of the observatory, it is confirmed that it is in good health. The space telescope is announced ready for takeoff.

The James Webb Space Telescope is on track for a launch date of Dec. 22.

Additional testing, which was conducted due to an incident in launch preparations, concluded no observatory components were damaged. Observatory fueling operations begin on Nov. 22: https://t.co/3E4UopkVZG pic.twitter.com/aPZJPIBtCQ

– NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) November 25, 2021

The preparations for a takeoff on 18 have therefore resumed. More fear than harm with the incident which ultimately only caused a delay of four days for the launch date. For a project developed for such a long time … that’s not much anymore.

With its imposing primary mirror 6.6 meters in diameter made up of hexagonal mirrors, the James Space Telescope Webb will travel to Lagrange point L2 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.

He will be able to detect faint infrared light from distant objects, and to ascend to at 300 million years after the Big Bang.

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