NASA postpones once again the launch of the James Webb Telescope as a precaution

Thomas Zurbuchen, Vice President of NASA, announced that the launch of the James Webb Telescope will be postponed until December 22, 2021 due to an emergency during the preparations for the launch.
Zurbukhin notes that “a few days ago, an emergency situation occurred, as the tight-fitting tape broke off, while attaching the telescope to the adapter, which will allow it to be connected to the spacecraft.” This accident caused the telescope to move, which made the experts decide to conduct additional tests to ensure that all of its devices were working.
“When we’re dealing with a ten billion dollar telescope, conservatism becomes a rule,” he adds.
The Vice President of NASA confirmed that the telescope is ready for launch, and the delay is a precautionary measure.
It is noteworthy that the James Webb Telescope, which was built by the United States in cooperation with Canadian and European space experts, was planning to launch on December 18, 2021 by the Ariane 5 transport rocket from Kourou Space Airport in French Guiana.
This telescope, which began construction in 2013, is the most powerful space observatory. It was initially scheduled to be launched in October 2018, but for many different reasons its construction was not completed on time.
Earlier, officials at the US Space Agency said that NASA’s plan to strike an asteroid with a spacecraft would aim to provide an accurate view of how to prevent the devastating space rocks from colliding with the Earth.
And Laurie Glaese, director of planetary sciences at NASA, revealed that for the first time, a spacecraft will try next fall to collide with an asteroid, as an experiment to show how such a space body can deviate if it is heading towards Earth, according to “Sky News.”
“I feel that once this test is completed, we will have a lot of information, and we will be more prepared in the future to deal with dangerous asteroids,” said Gleese.
The first step of the experiment began yesterday, as SpaceX launched the NASA DART mission from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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