James Webb Telescope to Laungh December 18th #SpaceSaturday

One of the great things about the Fallout video game series is the retro-future apocalyptic setting. In Fallout, the future imagined in the 50s is the future that fell to thermonuclear war, not the future that we’re in. Future design is difficult, and it changes all the time. Who could have imagined what a space telescope would look like? Maybe like the Hubble. Probably not like the James Webb telescope. The James Webb telescope looks like someone asked David Bowie to design a space kite for a Boston Robotics parkour-bot to play with. And that is excellent. Here’s more on the imminent launch of the next great space telescope from Astronomy Now:

The December 18 target date is contingent on a successful Ariane 5 launch in mid to late October, verifying corrective actions to fix a recent payload fairing issue.

Once launched, it will take Webb about 25 days to reach its orbital parking place a million miles from Earth. Over the Christmas-New Year holiday season, the telescope’s tennis court-size sunshade will deploy, segments of its primary mirror will unfold and lock into place and the tripod supporting its secondary mirror will be erected.

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