NASA’s new James Webb telescope to launch from the port of Long Beach this month • Long Beach Post News



Once in orbit, the telescope will help NASA take sharp images of distant galaxies, see firsthand how new planets are forming, and answer questions about the possibility of alien life.

However, before NASA’s telescope soars to the stars, it must first make a long trip across the Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal to reach French Guiana in South America where a rocket launches it. will transport into space.

This trip begins at the Port of Long Beach.

A inverse ratio this month, the satellite’s earth journey. According to the report, a the ship will carry the telescope first from Long Beach, by the Panama Canal to arrive in Kourou, in French Guiana.

This image compares the sizes of various space telescopes.
Image courtesy of NASA.

NASA spokeswoman Alise Fisher said preparations to ship the $ 10 billion telescope will be completed this month. The space agency hopes to launch the telescope by December 18.

“Webb delivers this month to the French Guiana launch site; processing of the launch will take two months, ”said Fisher. “As a security measure, NASA is not releasing more details at this time, but we will announce when Webb arrives in Kourou.”

NASA officials have kept details of the telescope’s shipping logistics secret, including exactly when the space instrument would leave the port of Long Beach, for security reasons, one of them being the potential for pirate attack while the ship is at sea.

Earlier this month, NASA reported that the telescope was at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach where crews were preparing the telescope for the expedition.

The telescope will be transported by the US Transportation Command, which is part of the military, according to NASA statements.

Upon arrival in French Guiana, the telescope will be loaded onto an Ariane 5 rocket, which has already arrived in the South American nation, according to NASA.

Researchers will use the telescope to monitor 17 known planetary systems in active formation. They will be able to measure which Earth-like rock molecules are forming at the center of these systems to see if the elements necessary to sustain life (oxygen, carbon and nitrogen) are present, which could be used to answer questions. on the interstellar origins of Earth. .

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with the cost of the telescope.

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