Webb Telescope Not Damaged Following Mounting Incident, NASA Says

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Webb Telescope Not Damaged Following Mounting Incident, NASA Says
Archival image from February 2021, showing a Northrop Grumman technician inspecting the folding and packing of the Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield.
Archival image from February 2021, showing a Northrop Grumman technician inspecting the folding and packing of the Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield.
Photo: Northrop Grumman (Fair Use)

A processing incident that caused the entire Webb Space Telescope to shake did not cause any perceptible damage to the observatory, a NASA-led investigation has concluded.

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“Engineering teams have completed additional testing confirming NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is ready for flight,” as NASA explained in a statement.

That’s a huge relief. This means launch preparations can continue as planned, with blast off now scheduled for Wednesday December 22 at 7:20 a.m. ET (4:30 a.m. PT). Launch of the next-gen space telescope was originally scheduled for December 18, but a scary mounting incident at a satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, resulted in a four day delay. Private contractor Arianespace is managing the launch for NASA.

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