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James Webb Space Telescope Launch Confirmed For Christmas Eve

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NASA confirms the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope for next Friday, Christmas Eve, at 7:20 a.m.

A European Ariane rocket will take off from French Guiana in South America.

On the NASA website, it is specified that the launch site teams have successfully completed the encapsulation of the observatory inside the Ariane 5 rocket, which [télescope] will launch into space.

James Webb, costing $ 10 billion and believed to be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, was due to fly on Saturday, but was rocked by grippers during preparations for the launch, resulting in a delay of four days.

This resulted in a poor communications link on the rocket, which had to be repaired, again delaying the launch for two days.

Officials from US and European space agencies approved the launch date on Friday, after a final round of testing.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expects fewer crowds at the launch site due to the holidays.

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