Weather delays NASA's James Webb Telescope launch until Christmas
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The much-anticipated launch of NASA's next-generation James Webb Telescope has been delayed yet again -- but only by 24 hours this time. The launch window is now set for Christmas morning starting at 4:20 a.m. PT instead of the same time the day before.
The James Webb Telescope, also known as JWST or Webb, is a joint project from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. It will launch folded into the tip of an Ariane 5 rocket provided by the ESA and will blast off from Arianespace's ELA-3 launch complex at European Spaceport located near Kourou, French Guiana.
Armed with state-of-the-art machinery, the next-generation telescope will travel 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Earth to give us access to space's deepest, darkest, oldest secrets.