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Today’s Deep Space Extra

9 Sep 2021, 14:18 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The James Webb Space Telescope’s launch has shifted to December 18. On Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover has just collected its second sample.

Space ScienceJWST gets mid-December launch dateCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpaceNews.com (9/9): NASA and Arianespace have moved the planned launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) from October 31 to December 18. It’s been a long wait for the launch of the successor and companion to NASA’s 31-year-old Hubble Space Telescope. It now appears a concern over the Arianespace Ariane 5 payload shroud has been addressed, as evidenced with a July 30 launch of the rocket, according to the launch services provider. A second Ariane 5 launch with communications satellites planned for October 22 should provide additional assurance. Now at Northrop Grumman facilities in Redondo Beach, California, the observatory will be shipped to Kourou, French Guiana for launch. NASA-led, the JWST’s partners include the European and Canadian space agencies.
NASA’s Perseverance rover getting ready to snag 2nd Mars sampleSpace.com (9/8): Updated with a tweet from the rover’s account this morning: “Two for two: I have successfully processed and stored my second sample of Mars, thus bringing my ...

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