James Webb Arrives in French Guiana Ready For Launch

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The James Webb Area Telescope, a model new telescope that may permit astronomers to hunt for liveable exoplanets, study star formation, and even examine the formation of the universe itself, has arrived at its launch vacation spot in French Guiana this week. Webb was shipped over 5,800 miles from California, by means of the Panama Canal, to Port de Pariacabo on the Kourou River, positioned on the northeast coast of South America.

After a 16-day journey, Webb arrived in French Guiana on Tuesday, October 12. Engineers will now set about getting ready it for its launch in December this 12 months from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou. The mission is a partnership between NASA, the European Area Company, and the Canadian Area Company.

The James Webb Area Telescope, a once-in-a-generation area mission, arrived safely at Pariacabo harbor in French Guiana on October 12, 2021, forward of its launch on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport. ESA/CNES/Arianespace

“A proficient group throughout America, Canada, and Europe labored collectively to construct this extremely complicated observatory. It’s an unbelievable problem — and really a lot worthwhile. We’re going to see issues within the universe past what we are able to even think about at the moment,” stated Thomas Zurbuchen, affiliate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in a press release. “Now that Webb has arrived in Kourou, we’re getting it prepared for launch in December — after which we are going to watch in suspense over the subsequent few weeks and months as we launch and prepared the biggest area telescope ever constructed.”

To maintain the fragile {hardware} of Webb secure because it traveled, it was loaded right into a custom-made case known as Area Telescope Transporter for Air, Street, and Sea, or STTARS, which weighs 168,000 kilos and is 110 toes lengthy. For extra on the journey, NASA has a two-part video collection displaying how the telescope was transported.

TheJames Webb telescope packed in its protective transport container.
The Webb telescope’s journey to area started with engineers packing the telescope into its protecting transport container. The container was then moved from Northrop Grumman in Redondo Seaside, California, to Seal Seaside, California. Ready at Seal Seaside was the ship that might carry Webb to French Guiana. NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Middle

“Webb’s arrival on the launch web site is a momentous event,” stated Gregory Robinson, Webb’s program director at NASA Headquarters. “We’re very excited to lastly ship the world’s subsequent nice observatory into deep area. Webb has crossed the nation and traveled by sea. Now it’ll take its final journey by rocket a million miles from Earth, to seize beautiful photographs of the primary galaxies within the early universe which can be sure to remodel our understanding of our place within the cosmos.”

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