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Ariane 5 successfully injected the space telescope into its final orbit

The Ariane 5 rocket successfully injected the James Webb space telescope on Saturday into its final orbit, which it will reach in a month, announced the director of launch operations at the Guyana Space Center.

“Good separation Webb telescope, Go Webb”, announced Jean-Luc Voyer from the jar of the control center in Kourou. The upper stage of the Ariane rocket released after 27 minutes of flight the telescope, which will now take about a month to reach its observation post 1.5 million km from Earth.

Ariane 5 had risen in the sky of Kourou on time, taking the most sophisticated observation instrument of the Universe to go into space.

Manufactured by NASA, with the collaboration of the European (ESA) and Canadian (ACS) space agencies, the precious cargo flew over the Atlantic, then Africa, until the final separation, which took place at an altitude of 1,400 km and a speed of over 34,000 km / h.

An on-board camera on Ariadne’s upper floor showed this separation and especially the deployment a few seconds later of the solar panels of the James Webb. The images of this critical moment, to ensure in particular the power supply of the telescope instruments, triggered a thunder of applause in the Jupiter center, as loud as that which had marked the success of the separation.

The controls of the James Webb are now in the hands of NASA, from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore (United States).

It will supervise the delicate deployment operations of the observatory, before its arrival at the Lagrange 2 point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. Scientific exploration of the cosmos will begin in six months.

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