James Webb telescope launch postponed due to incident that may have damaged it

The launch of the James Webb space telescope, which was scheduled for December 18, has been delayed again due to an incident that occurred in the preparations, when the observatory was being integrated with the Ariane 5 rocket, as announced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In fact, it is important to mention that this mission has already been postponed on different occasions, as it was initially scheduled for October 2018, then for early 2019, later for March 2021, it had finally been set for December 18; now the space agency has indicated that It will not be before December 22, although there is no specific date set.

The decision came after, in the midst of launch preparations in the satellite preparation facilities in Kourou, French Guiana, there was a sudden release of a tether band, which ended up causing a strong and unexpected vibration in the telescope and could have caused considerable damage.

The launch will not be given before December 22. Photo: Twitter @NASA

It is for this reason that additional testing is planned to ensure that no component of this object has been damaged that interferes with its operation, after an anomaly review board met to investigate what happened.

About the James Webb

NASA is counting on the James Webb telescope to become the successor to Hubble, which it has not been able to comply with until now due to inconveniences generated by the coronavirus pandemic and delays in the development of this object that will be sent into space.

This infrared telescope is a creation that occurs from the international collaboration between the European Space Agency, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, which has a primary mirror of approximately 6.5 meters and has the mission of observing the stars that shine in the universe, in the interior of the Solar System and in the most distant galaxies.

It is worth mentioning that this project has been a challenge for scientists, since it is a large artifact that must be folded to fit the launch rocket, and then begin to deploy on its own while in orbit to go into operation; This will be a process that will take a few days, which have been called “14 days of terror”, although it will not be until 180 days after it will enter service.

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