NASA has delayed the launch of Hubble’s successor James Webb’s space telescope. One day later than scheduled, on December 25, Christmas Day, from the spacecraft Kourou in French Guiana, the space agency said high winds would be a major factor. The Ariane 5 rocket will carry the next-generation space laboratory on Saturday. The $ 10 billion (approximately Rs. 75,330 crore) James Webb Space Telescope is the largest ever built and intended to help astronomers in breakthrough discoveries. It is designed to look deeper into the universe than Hubble and discover events that occurred 13.5 billion years ago.
The Hubble Space Telescope, currently the most powerful telescope in space, has provided astronomers with excellent insights for 30 years, but the need for its aging and replacement has been felt. Therefore, NASA and ESA, which were behind the Hubble Project, decided to build an even larger and more powerful telescope. The main difference from James Webb from Hubble is that it can be seen in infrared. Scientists hope to use the advanced capabilities of James Webb to study the atmospheres of distant planets and signs of life.
NASA said in a blog post this week that it was targeting a December 25 release date. The 32-minute launch window opens at 7:20 EST (5:50 pm IST). The BBC reports that mission controllers take into account high-level winds blowing in the wrong direction to prevent debris from falling to the ground if the missile fails. The ascent of the Ariane rocket will last 27 minutes.
James Webb will be stationed in space about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, a month to complete the journey. “This is an extraordinary task … it’s going to give us a better understanding of our universe and our place in it,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
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