Space telescope launch delayed after site incident

The Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana has a Payload preparation facility for the James Webb Space Telescope.

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is supposed to herald a new era of discovery, has been delayed until December 22 after an accident at its launch facility in French Guiana, NASA said Monday.

The $10 billion observatory was going to be attached to a launch vehicle adapter to fix it to the upper stage of an Ariane 5 rocket.

The US space agency said in a post that the incident occurred while operations were taking place "under Arianespace overall responsibility."

Arianespace is contracted to launch the telescope.

The incident did not damage any components, and a NASA-led team is investigating how it happened.

The space telescope was supposed to launch on December 18 but has been delayed for a few days.

Researchers want to use the largest and most powerful telescope ever built to look back in time to when the first stars and galaxies formed, a few hundred million years after the Big bang.

As a result of the universe's expansion, the light from the first objects reaches the red end of the spectrum, which makes it possible for it to detect IR.


The space telescope launch was delayed after a site incident.

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