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Webb Liftoff on Ariane 5

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope lifted off on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, at 13:20 CET on 25 December on its exciting mission to unlock the secrets of the Universe.

Following launch and separation from the rocket, Webb’s mission operations centre in Baltimore, USA confirmed Webb deployed its solar array and is in good condition, marking the launch a success.

In the coming month, Webb, an international partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will travel to its destination: the second Lagrange point (L2), where it will study the Universe in infrared.


ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Vidéo du CSG - JM Guillon

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Id: potm2201a
Type: Photographic
Release date: 25 December 2021, 13:20
Related releases: weic2102, weic2101
Size: 4638 x 3280 px

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