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(Sci Tech Daily)   NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will be so powerful, it will peer into the "Dark Ages of the Universe" that followed your mom's Big Bang. Launch date set for 22 December 2021   (scitechdaily.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Big Bang, Universe, Dark matter, Galaxy, General relativity, light years, Physical cosmology, Hubble Space Telescope  
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2021-12-01 6:50:39 PM  
I can't believe this thing is actually launching
 
2021-12-01 7:52:59 PM  
Please don't fark this up. Pretty please. Pretty please, with sugar on top, do not fark this up.
 
2021-12-01 8:11:29 PM  
Yeah, I hope it works after all this, there is a lot that could go wrong and there won't be any service missions out at L2.
 
2021-12-01 8:28:54 PM  
I'm going to need some xanax that launch day.
 
2021-12-01 8:30:55 PM  

max_rebo_groupie: I'm going to need some xanax that launch day.


It's going to be months until we know if it works - you're going to need a lot of xanax.
 
2021-12-01 8:36:44 PM  

thornhill: max_rebo_groupie: I'm going to need some xanax that launch day.

It's going to be months until we know if it works - you're going to need a lot of xanax.


I was just telling myself that I probably do need a lot of xanax.
 
2021-12-01 9:11:43 PM  
Very happy to know the premature clamp release didn't cause lasting problems.
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https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/

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Engineering teams have completed additional testing confirming NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is ready for flight, and launch preparations are resuming toward Webb's target launch date of Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7:20 a.m. EST.
Additional testing was conducted this week to ensure the observatory's health following an incident that occurred when the release of a clamp band caused a vibration throughout the observatory.
On Wednesday, Nov. 24, engineering teams completed these tests, and a NASA-led anomaly review board concluded no observatory components were damaged in the incident. A "consent to fuel" review was held, and NASA gave approval to begin fueling the observatory. Fueling operations will begin Thursday, Nov. 25, and will take about 10 days.


/sofa king excited!
 
2021-12-01 9:37:46 PM  
12/22/21? Palindrome dates are fun!
 
2021-12-01 9:39:42 PM  
I understand the helium cooling system is what's holding it up and making it cost sooooo much more. It is also how it's gonna allow it to make the observations of a lifetime.
'This will let it see the oldest, coldest and dustiest objects of all'. Mother jokes optional
 
2021-12-01 10:27:26 PM  
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Six: "Oh, Chode, honey... I've been involved in so many big bangs that if any of them had created a new universe, I'd know."

Gus: "Of course we worship God. The alternative is... *shudder*... worshipping our creators."
 
2021-12-01 11:37:24 PM  
It's all good until the Russians shoot it down, because it was peeking in Kremlin windows.
 
2021-12-02 12:24:24 AM  

b2theory: I can't believe this thing is actually launching


I don't believe this thing is actually launching.
 
2021-12-02 12:50:44 AM  
Just launch the damn thing already!

Then get started on the corrective lenses to de-Hubble it.
 
2021-12-02 1:05:24 AM  
Please, stop using the term 'big bang' until it's actually in orbit!
 
2021-12-02 1:09:50 AM  

Enigmamf: Please, stop using the term 'big bang' until it's actually in orbit!


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2021-12-02 1:10:45 AM  
F*ck sakes...
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2021-12-02 2:06:47 AM  
What if it detects the infrared signature of a large two dimensional plane at the end of the universe and that plane is in a 16:9 aspect ratio?
 
2021-12-02 3:14:04 AM  
Please take the lens cap off first...
 
2021-12-02 9:14:59 AM  

KarmicDisaster: Yeah, I hope it works after all this, there is a lot that could go wrong and there won't be any service missions out at L2.


I wondered what it would take to send a retrieval ship out there. Like, in the future when it could be serviced, could we have SpaceX launch an unmanned ship that is sent out to capture it and bring it back to Earth orbit for servicing.

Then I assumed that after everything on that telescope is unfolded, it isn't designed to fold back up to make a trip back to Earth.
 
2021-12-02 9:38:52 AM  

mrmopar5287: KarmicDisaster: Yeah, I hope it works after all this, there is a lot that could go wrong and there won't be any service missions out at L2.

I wondered what it would take to send a retrieval ship out there. Like, in the future when it could be serviced, could we have SpaceX launch an unmanned ship that is sent out to capture it and bring it back to Earth orbit for servicing.

Then I assumed that after everything on that telescope is unfolded, it isn't designed to fold back up to make a trip back to Earth.


It's orbit is on the other side of the moon.  It's not orbiting the earth, it's orbiting the sun.
 
2021-12-02 9:51:18 AM  

erik-k: [Fark user image image 526x295]

Six: "Oh, Chode, honey... I've been involved in so many big bangs that if any of them had created a new universe, I'd know."

Gus: "Of course we worship God. The alternative is... *shudder*... worshipping our creators."


What was this again? My god, I saw this 20yrs ago!
 
2021-12-02 4:58:34 PM  

Micosavo: erik-k: [Fark user image image 526x295]

Six: "Oh, Chode, honey... I've been involved in so many big bangs that if any of them had created a new universe, I'd know."

Gus: "Of course we worship God. The alternative is... *shudder*... worshipping our creators."

What was this again? My god, I saw this 20yrs ago!


That would be Tripping The Rift, baby. Featuring none other than Carmen Electra as the voice of Six.
 
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