Webb launch on Christmas Day?

“The James Webb Space Telescope is a space telescope developed by NASA, ESA and CSA to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope as NASA’s flagship astrophysics mission. Its primary mirror, the Optical Telescope Element, is composed of 18 hexagonal mirror segments which combine to create a 6.5 m diameter mirror, considerably larger than Hubble’s 2.4 m mirror. This will allow JWST to provide improved infrared resolution and sensitivity over Hubble, and will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology, including observing some of the most distant events and objects in the universe, such as the formation of the first galaxies.” spacelaunchnow

Comment: Well pilgrims, I don’t know about you but I am going to be terrified while the launch goes forth. pl


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5 Responses to Webb launch on Christmas Day?

  1. Babeltuap says:

    I don’t know if this is true but when the Hubble launched I was told through a source to a source that worked on it there were two Hubbles. I thought it was nonsense but years later, the movie Contact hit on this aspect where they built another space travel thingy in secret.

    Is there more than one James Webb? It certainly took a helluva a long time to get this thing to paydirt and it is absolutely way way over budget. Either way, just glad it’s finally completed and hope and pray it has a successful launch.

    • Clueless Joe says:

      China (or maybe Russia?) had secretly built another space thingie in the movie Contact; the USA had built that only one which got blown up by some nutjob.
      Like everyone here, I hope the launch will go smoothly and the Webb is flawless, unlike Hubble at first. There are so many amazing things we could learn and see with it.

  2. blue peacocok says:

    I’m with you Col. Lang. Praying the launch and the deployment/commissioning goes off without a hitch.

    It would be incredible to peer 13.5 billion years into the past of our universe! Wow! I’m in awe just thinking about it. What would we be capable of 50 years from now?


    When it does finally launch, James Webb will explore every phase of cosmic history – from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, ‘and everything in between’.

    Webb should reveal new and unexpected discoveries, and help humanity understand the origins of the universe and our place in it.

    One of the objectives is to look back in time over 13.5 billion years to see the first stars and galaxies that formed, a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.

  3. Colonel:
    One of the things that I like about Musk is that he does hard shit and isn’t afraid to fail.
    This is a compromise, built by bureaucrats, by the lowest bidder tand then stapped onto a european launch vehicle. I’ll be sad if if blows up, but it isn’t the biggest waste of money that Uncle Sugar has pulled off this week.
    We spent a shitlaod more than this on the F-35 and look where that got us.
    Fingers crossed.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a not-quite-sober Solstice.

  4. walrus says:

    Fingers double crossed 10.40 to go……

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