NASA successfully launched its revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope this morning at 7:20 a.m. EST/4:20 a.m. PST. The telescope took off from an Ariane 5 rocket located at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Over the next 29 days, the telescope will reshape and transform itself over the course of its journey until it settles at its final destination approximately one million miles from Earth. After six months, the telescope will deliver its first images of space.
The telescope will allow scientists to explore cosmic history both within our solar system and in distant galaxies, yielding more information about cosmic phenomena and the origins of the universe.
“The James Webb Space Telescope represents the ambition that NASA and our partners maintain to propel us forward into the future,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said. “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.”
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