NASA has announced that the $10 billion Webb Space Telescope launch will take place at 7:20 a.m. EST on Friday, December 24. The debut has been eagerly anticipated by scientists all across the world since the and its observatory promise to shed light on important themes such as the origins of the cosmos. The Telescope is a major undertaking that began in 2003 and is a collaboration between NASA, European, and Canadian space organisations.
Webb is the largest, most powerful, and most sophisticated space Telescope ever developed and deployed into orbit, according to NASA. The Webb Telescope will simultaneously investigate the physical evolution of planets in our solar system, the atmospheres or planets in other solar systems, and some of the universe’s earliest stars and galaxies, providing an unprecedented breadth of astrophysical topics to investigate with a single launch.
Coughlin expressed his excitement at the prospect of discovering the very first stars or clusters of stars, which are anticipated to be metal-deficient and huge despite the fact that little is known about them. Webb will also aid scientists in their understanding of galaxies’ development and whether proto-galaxies evolve through merging or direct collapse.
Yao-Lun Lang, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at the University of Virginia, is another researcher. He’s been waiting for the launch date with bated breath for weeks. More recently, the launch was pushed back to December 24 due to a connectivity issue that was rectified with the encapsulation of the Telescope in the launch that was announced on Saturday, December 18.