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NASA shows off finished SLS moon rocket, Webb telescope

November 5, 2021

Two of NASA’s flagship missions finally nearing launch, representing more than $50 billion in U.S. government investment over multiple decades, were displayed to news media Friday at spaceports in Florida and French Guiana.

Arianespace breaks payload mass record on final Ariane 5 launch before Webb

October 24, 2021

A European Ariane 5 rocket fired into space Saturday night from French Guiana with a commercial broadband satellite for SES and a French military telecom craft, setting a new payload mass record for geostationary transfer orbit on the final Ariane 5 flight before launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in December.

Live coverage: Ariane 5 launches from French Guiana

October 23, 2021

A European Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in South America at 10:10 p.m. EDT Saturday (0210 GMT Sunday). The mission, the last Ariane 5 flight before launch with the James Webb Space Telescope, deployed the commercial SES 17 telecom satellite and the French military’s Syracuse 4A communications payload.

Ariane 5 launch delayed for more ground systems checks

October 22, 2021

Arianespace delayed the launch from French Guiana of a European Ariane 5 rocket with two geostationary communications satellites Friday to conduct more checks of ground support equipment at the spaceport. The mission, set to loft payloads for SES and the French military, is the final Ariane 5 flight before a mission in December with the James Webb Space Telescope.

Live coverage: Ariane 5 rocket launches from French Guiana

July 30, 2021

An Ariane 5 rocket launched at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) from Kourou, French Guiana, on the first mission for Europe’s heavy-lift launcher in nearly a year. The rocket successfully deployed two large communications satellites for Embratel and Eutelsat.

Delta 4-Heavy launches U.S. spy satellite after months of delays

December 11, 2020

Running more than three months late, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket took off Thursday and carried a U.S. government spy satellite into an orbit thousands of miles above Earth in the first mission from the newly-renamed Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

JWST completes tests to simulate rigors of launch

October 7, 2020

The fully-assembled James Webb Space Telescope has completed testing in Southern California to verify the $10 billion mission can withstand the sound and shaking it will see during launch scheduled late next year on a European Ariane 5 rocket.

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