NASA has revealed that the James Webb Space Telescope has begun refueling ahead of its long-awaited launch on December 22, and that the $10 billion telescope, developed by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, is finally ready to fly after 25 years of being built. .
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, NASA said that the refueling operations began on November 25 and will take about 10 days until December 5.
When he finally blasts off into space from the Guyana Space Center, James Webb will study the history of exoplanets and the origins of the universe’s first stars. James Webb is scheduled to launch on December 22 on an Ariane Space Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, a town in French Guiana.
It was previously scheduled to launch on December 18, but a recent incident during launch preparations set that back by four days, and several other delays occurred during the telescope’s construction and test date.
“Engineering teams have completed additional testing confirming that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is ready to fly,” NASA said in an update.
NASA added, “Preparations for launch will resume as per the target web launch date on Wednesday, December 22, at 7:20 AM EST. [12:20 مساءً بتوقيت جرينتش].”
NASA also said that additional tests were conducted last week to ensure the health of the observatory in the aftermath of the accident, and engineering teams completed these tests. Agreeing to start refueling the observatory.