The launch of James Webb Space Telescope will take place on December 24 confirmed NASA and the launch control company on saturday. The project, began in 1989.The instrument will be the largest and most powerful telescope ever to be launched into space. It was expected to be launched in early 2000.
Multiple problems forced delays and a tripling of the telescope’s original budget with a final price tag of nearly US$10 billion. The Webb telescope was built in the US and transported to its launch site in Kourou in French Guyana this year with a planned date of departure of December 18.
The telescope will follow the footsteps of the legendary Hubble Telescope, but will be located much further from the Sun. It is hoped that he will show how the universe looked closer to the time of its birth, almost 14 billion years ago. The new telescope is named after the late James E. Webb, who ran the fledgling NASA space agency for much of the 1960s.
“The James Webb Space Telescope is confirmed for the target launch date of December 24,” tweeted launch company Arianespace, adding that it would go ahead at 12:20 GMT (12:20 UTC) on that day.
Confirming the launch date, NASA tweeted that the telescope was “encapsulated inside its @Ariane5 rocket fairing”.