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Video: Keith Parrish, Webb’s commissioning manager, talks through telescope deployments

December 24, 2021

Spaceflight Now’s Editor, Stephen Clark, speaks with NASA’s Keith Parrish, the commissioning manager for the Webb Space Telescope. It is his job to make sure the observatory unfolds and extends correctly. He talks us through the deployment sequence in the month after launch. Find out how shake, shimmy and twirl are in the ground controller’s tool box to fix anything that goes wrong.

Video: John Grunsfeld, astronaut and former NASA science chief, talks Webb

December 23, 2021

Spaceflight Now’s Stephen Clark speaks to astronaut, astronomer and former NASA science head, John Grunsfeld about the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. What big discoveries is he expecting from JWST? Is he nervous about the complex process to unfold the telescope in space? Why did his efforts to prepare JWST for possible servicing fail?

Webb will take next leap in search for habitable worlds

December 23, 2021

Astronomers have discovered nearly 5,000 planets orbiting other stars in the last 30 years, and the James Webb Space Telescope will begin scanning a sample of the alien worlds next year to find out which ones might harbor the ingredients for life.

Launch of Webb telescope delayed to Christmas morning

December 21, 2021

A poor weather forecast at the Guiana Space Center in South America has forced officials to delay the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope by one day to Dec. 25, Christmas morning, mission managers said Tuesday.

Webb telescope testing on tap before setting target launch date

December 16, 2021

Technicians at a jungle spaceport in South America are completing tests on the James Webb Space Telescope Thursday to make sure they fixed a “finicky” communications interface glitch that halted launch preparations earlier this week. NASA and European officials will confirm the mission’s target launch date — currently penciled in for no earlier than Dec. 24 — as soon as Friday.

NASA delays launch of Webb telescope to no earlier than Dec. 24

December 14, 2021

Engineers discovered an intermittent data dropout associated with a piece of ground support equipment after connecting the James Webb Space Telescope with its Ariane 5 launcher over the weekend in French Guiana. The observatory’s long-awaited blastoff will be delayed at least two days to Dec. 24 to troubleshoot the problem, the head of NASA’s science division said Tuesday.

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