The launch of the $ 10 billion (£ 7.5 billion) James Webb Space Telescope has has been delayed again, after an incident during the final preparations to place the telescope on top of its launcher.
The spacecraft was slated to go into orbit on December 18, but it will now not be launched until 22 december.
The space telescope is located at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched using an Ariane 5 rocket provided by the European Space Agency (ESA). The project is an international partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency.
The incident occurred as technicians prepared to attach Webb to the launcher’s adapter, which would then be used to secure the telescope to the top stage of the rocket. According to NASA, “a sudden and unforeseen release of a tightening bandThe clamping band secures the spacecraft to the launch adapter, then releases into orbit, allowing the spacecraft to separate from the rocket. This unplanned release caused a vibration to move through the telescope.
To be absolutely certain that the spaceship remains in perfect condition, Nasa convened an anomalies commission to investigate and perform additional tests on the spacecraft to make sure nothing was damaged. Once this is complete, assuming there is no damage, preparations for the launch will resume.
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