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Christmas Day Launch for James Webb Space Telescope

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 21, 2021
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The James Webb Space Telescope is placed on top of its Ariane 5 launcher. (Credit: ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut)

KOUROU, French Guiana (ESA PR) — Today, 21 December 2021, the Launch Readiness Review for flight VA256 to launch the James Webb Space Telescope has been successfully completed and concluded with the authorisation to perform the launch vehicle rollout and the start of the launch chronology.

However, due to adverse weather conditions at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, flight VA256 – initially scheduled for 24 December – is being postponed.

The new targeted launch date is 25 December, as early as possible within the launch window 12:20–12:52 GMT / 13:20–13:52 CET.

Tomorrow evening, local time in Kourou, another weather forecast will be issued in order to confirm the date of 25 December. The Ariane 5 launch vehicle and Webb are in stable and safe conditions in the final assembly building.

2 responses to “Christmas Day Launch for James Webb Space Telescope”

  1. therealdmt says:

    Clearly, someone talked some sense into them. Christmas Eve is for Santa

  2. ThomasLMatula says:

    IF the Starship is as successful as SpaceX hopes these type of “launch and hope” missions will become a thing of the past as astronauts will be able to go along to fix any deployment issues or return it to the shop for repairs. The Hubble Telescope would have been a failure if their weren’t astronauts to fix it.

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