James Webb Space Telescope

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a joint NASA/ESA/CSA observatory that is planned to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope as NASA's flagship astrophysics mission. After many years of delays, it finally lifted off the ground on 2021-Dec-25 atop an Ariane 5 (ECA) rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. On 2022-Jan-24, it has arrived on the Sun-Earth Lagrange-2 point, and is now on a commissioning phase which will last until June 2022

Assembling the telescope at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2016-May-4

Launch on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, 2021-Dec-25

Deployed into space shortly after launch, 2021-Dec-25

JWST's primary mirrors in space, 2022-Feb-10

18 images of the same star HD 84406, the very first celestial object ever imaged by the JWST, 2022-Feb-10

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