On December 25th, at 1:20 pm in Spain, James Webb will take to the skies aboard the Ariane 5. A historic moment for lovers of the cosmos

The lift-off of Earth’s sticky gravity James Webb telescope will take place on the Ariane 5 rocket from ESA’s spaceport in French Guiana. It helps with takeoff that the launch sites are located close to the equator – the Earth’s rotation gives it an extra boost. The Earth’s surface at the equator is moving at 1670 km/h, which is the Earth’s best possible jerk. Of the agencies that will play tomorrow, NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency say that everything is ready.

The Ariane 5 is the safest rocket. He holds the record for the number of consecutive successful releases, 80, to date. Still, launching a rocket always quickens your pulse.

From where you can follow live: in English, with experts from all project partners, will start at 12:00 pm on Channel 1 from ESA WEBTV and not Youtube channel of the European Space Agency. In Spanish, it will be available on the accounts of YouTube , twitter s the Facebook from NASA, as well as the website from NASA

3,2,1… we take off!

13.2 oh spanish time

The launch window is set between 1:20 pm and 1:52 pm. The launch window is established taking into account the location from which the ship is launched and the destination at which it must arrive, taking into account all parameters such as the weight of the cargo and, if applicable, celestial objects orbiting on the road. In the case of James Webb, having arrived exactly at L2, the chosen point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, the perfect launch window for James Webb is just over 30 minutes.

206 seconds after takeoff

After 206 seconds of flight, at an altitude of about 120 kilometers above the atmosphere, the two halves of the rocket’s fairing that protects the observatory during ascent will be separated by a pyrotechnic system. It will be the first acid test. Ground teams expect to receive communications from Webb shortly after the split.

28 minutes after launch

Webb will detach from the launch vehicle nearly 28 minutes after liftoff, and from that point forward, the Space Telescope Science Institute ground team in Baltimore will have full control to begin the most complex sequence of deployments ever attempted on a mission.

30 minutes after launch

The first deployment of Webb, Its solar power supply will occur between 31 and 33 minutes after liftoff, interrupting the observatory’s internal battery, providing nearly 2 kilowatts of power to drive the spacecraft’s electrical and avionics systems.

12 hours after launch

At 12.5 hours after launch, Webb will fire its thrusters, making the first of several critical course corrections that send the observatory to its final orbital destination. The observatory will pass the Moon nearly two and a half days after launch, faster than the time it took Apollo astronauts to reach lunar orbit.

30 days of travel

After the rocket’s separation, James Webb will make a 30-day trip to L2, the Langrange point chosen for his location.

This video shows how it will start to unfold from the 30th minute

The Webb mission, an international partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, will explore all phases of cosmic history, from the inner solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. in the middle.

Information about James Webb that might interest you:

How the James Webb Telescope Can See the Origin of the Universe

Why send James Webb 1.5 million kilometers from Earth

James Webb will operate at -233°C in space


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