WASHINGTON D.C (BRPROUD) -The James Webb Telescope launched this morning at 7:30 a.m. EST on a Ariane 5 rocket from Europe Spaceport in French Guiana, South America—the telescope will capture images from first galaxies in the distant worlds, and more.
“The James Webb Space Telescope represents the ambition that NASA and our partners maintain to propel us forward into the future,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The promise of Webb is not what we know we will discover; it’s what we don’t yet understand or can’t yet fathom about our universe. I can’t wait to see what it uncovers!”
The space launch is in joint effort with the European Space Agency (ESA) Canadian Space Agency—and the Webb observatory with the mission to seek light from first galaxies in the early universe, explore our solar system, planets, and orbiting stars, according to NASA.
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“The launch of the Webb Space Telescope is a pivotal moment – this is just the beginning for the Webb mission,” said Gregory L. Robinson, Webb’s program director at NASA Headquarters. “Now we will watch Webb’s highly anticipated and critical 29 days on the edge. When the spacecraft unfurls in space, Webb will undergo the most difficult and complex deployment sequence ever attempted in space. Once commissioning is complete, we will see awe-inspiring images that will capture our imagination.”
Webb telescope’s revolutionary technology will also explore and reveal new and unexpected discoveries to help humanity understand the origins of the universe and our place in it.
To learn more about the Webb observatory release, visit www.nasa.gov