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LAUNCH OF JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE (JWST), Dec 18, 2021, French Guiana

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace have selected December 18, 2021 as the launch date for the $9 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). JWST is a partnership among NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency.  ESA is providing the launch on Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket at no cost to NASA as part of its contribution to the project.

Launch time is TBA as of September 8.

Ariane 5 is launched from the Guiane Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America.

JWST will not be placed into Earth orbit. Instead, it is headed to Sun-Earth Lagrange point 2, SEL2, 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) away.

Details

Date:
December 18
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm