Precise Ariane 5 launch likely to extend Webb’s expected lifetime

Precise Ariane 5 launch likely to extend Webb's expected lifetime

This post was repurposed from the ESA Science and Exploration page. After a successful launch of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day, and completion of two mid-course correction maneuvers, the Webb team has analyzed its initial trajectory and determined the observatory should have enough propellant to allow support of science operations in orbit for significantly […]

James Webb Telescope Placed on Top of Ariane 5

James Webb Telescope Placed on Top of Ariane 5

On Saturday, Dec. 11, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was secured on top of the Ariane 5 rocket that will launch it to space from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. After its arrival in the final assembly building, Webb was slowly hoisted nearly 130 feet and then perfectly aligned on top of the Ariane 5, […]

Ariane 5 Rocket moved to meet James Webb Telescope at Assembly Building

The Ariane 5 launch vehicle which will launch the James Webb Space Telescope was moved to the final assembly building at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Ariane 5 parts shipped from Europe to French Guiana, have been coming together inside the launch vehicle integration building.  The lower part of the Ariane 5 comprises the cryogenic main core stage (with the […]