All About Space UK - Issue 122
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Every issue of All About Space takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through our Solar System and beyond, from the amazing technology and spacecraft that enables humanity to venture into orbit, to the complexities of space science. The magazine also features a regular Stargazing section, helping readers get started in the absorbing world of amateur astronomy with how-to guides, kit reviews and advice.
Is the James Webb Space Telescope finally going to launch in 2021? According to NASA, and after completion of its final tests, the space agency is looking to release its revolutionary space telescope into space on 18 December 2021.
It’s going to be a momentous occasion, and I can’t wait to see what’s been dubbed our premier deep-space observatory for the next decade finally make it into Earth orbit on board an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. As I write this, James Webb is currently getting ready to roll at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach in California.
Gregory L. Robinson, who serves as Webb’s program director at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, reflects on the journey from concept to near-launch: “[It’s] an exemplary mission that signifies the epitome of perseverance. I am inspired by our dedicated team and our global partnerships that have made this incredible endeavour possible. Together we’ve overcome technical obstacles along the way, as well as challenges during the pandemic. Now that we have an observatory and a rocket ready for launch, I am looking forward to the big day and the amazing science to come.”