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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: launch date and time, where and how to watch

One of NASA's most delayed project has finally got the green light this year, and will be launching very soon.

The NS-19 mission will take Laura Shepard Churchley, eldest daughter of famed NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, Television talk show host Michael Strahan and paying passengers Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and Cameron Bess into space.
Patrick T. FallonAFP

Originally supposed to be launched back in the early 2000s, the James Webb Space Telescope has had its launch delayed again, with the third mission date of December 24, Christmas Eve being postponed. It has already suffered two delays this month. It will now be launched after Christmas

The mission will be the successor to the famous Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990. Hubble has since ventured outside the galaxy on its travels. James Webb will seek to build upon the success of its predecessor, but it will be using different technology to accomplish its task. By scanning infrared radiation, meaning it can see beyond visual, or infra-red, radiation.

In short, it can see further than Hubble. Both will remain in service alongside one-another.

How can the mission be viewed?

Live launch coverage will run on NASA Television, NASA's YouTube, the NASA app and agency social media channels starting at 07:20 a.m. EST and 04:20 a.m. PT on December 25.

It will take off on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.


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