NASA nudges James Webb telescope launch date after vibration incident NASA is investigating a "sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band" that gave the telescope a shake.

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NASA is investigating a “sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band” that shook the telescope.

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The James Webb Space Telescope during a test deployment of its primary mirror in March 2020.


The James Webb Space Telescope is a very large, very overdue and very sensitive project. After years of delay, it was To be launched on 18th December And be the latest major observatory. The launch has now been moved to no earlier than 22 December following an incident during launch preparation.

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The telescope is in the process of connecting with the Ariane 5 rocket that will take it into space. “The sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band — which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter — caused vibrations throughout the observatory,” NASA said in a statement Monday.

A joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, the telescope is at its launch site at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. binoculars already saved a long journey by road and sea from California.

“The NASA-led Anomaly Review Board was immediately called to investigate and additional testing was instituted to definitively determine that the incident did not damage any components,” NASA said.

The James Webb Telescope is designed to be the next generation space telescope capable of looking back into the universe as quickly as possible. NASA hopes that this more aging Hubble Space Telescope Will work at the same time, but first needs to safely launch the James Webb Space Telescope and make it through a complex and lengthy deployment process.

NASA is expected to provide an update on the status of the telescope at the end of the week.

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