The Webb Space Telescope, launching Dec. 18 2021


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100x more powerful than the Hubble, the images this sends back are going to be insanely jaw dropping.

The Webb will surpass the Hubble in several ways. It will allow astronomers to look not only farther out in space but also further back in time: It will search for the first stars and galaxies of the universe. It will allow scientists to make careful studies of numerous exoplanets — planets that orbit stars other than our sun — and even embark on a search for signs of life there.

The Webb is a machine for answering unanswered questions about the universe, for exploring what has been unexplorable until now. Here’s a guide to what the Webb is capable of.
It hasn't been pushed to 2022, but it's been delayed dozens of times (I think the original launch date was supposed to be like 2015?)

That said, I think it is mostly shipping that remains, they had some trouble in the test chambers last year that seems to be resolved, and the vast majority of things are set and tested. There is still some chance it gets pushed back again, but I wouldn't expect by much.

Should be neat to see it finally up there and getting science.
As much as we spent on this thing, I don't think it's too much to ask of the Navy to send a few destroyers to project it from pirates.
Bout time really. Hope it goes well and we get some good shots of naked aliens in the shower.
Itll be great but still too weak to see detail of planets around other stars. We need to setup one of those monster scopes in Chile on the moon. Should be item one after we go back.
Saw the launch christmas morning (not a lot of real video because the clouds were low, but a nice shot of separation from the top stage) and have been following along with their tracker every so often here

But yeah, the big hurdles of getting up there and deployed are mostly over, and thanks to the good performance of the rocket, they think they have enough fuel for >10 years operation time.
It’s exciting. They have to get it right because we no longer have the capability to send any up there to fix it if something goes wrong.

Wait, Nasa just launched a satellite with a component named... :lol: :lol: