The US$10 billion James Webb Space Telescope's final destination to be reached today, and NASA will livestream its arrival
NASA's signature achievement for this decade - the successful launch of its US$10 billion James Webb Space Telescope - will be entering a brand new stage today when the telescope is expected to dock at its final celestial destination and start the preparations to unfurl its mirror to commence sending to Earth imagery that no human eye has ever seen. Situated roughly 930,000 miles (~1.5 million kilometers) from here, the Earth-sun Lagrange Point 2 parking space has been carefully chosen so that the telescope uses a minimal amount of fuel to orbit it as it will be on an alignment trajectory between the Sun and our blue planet.
How to watch NASA's James Webb Space Telescope destination arrival live stream
NASA will be streaming the James Webb Space Telescope arrival at its final destination live at 3PM Eastern/12PM Pacific time, nearly a month after the star-gazer was launched from the Arianespace ELA-3 launchpad at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. NASA will start broadcasting the Space Telescope's final place in the universe about an hour after it has executed the crucial burn stage and there will be plenty of fan events to be had.
You will be able, for example, to ask question to two NASA representatives - Amber Straughn, the deputy project scientist for Webb communications at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and Scarlin Hernandez, a flight systems engineer from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore - directly. The event will be broadcast on the NASA Science Live website, as well as YouTube and all of the agency's social channels.
You can tune in at 3PM ET on YouTube at the video below as a number of NASA staff involved in the James Webb Space Telescope project will be commenting on the spot, and there will be a press conference an hour after the live stream with the following participants:
- Lee Feinberg, Webb optical telescope element manager, Goddard
- Amy Lo, Webb vehicle engineering lead, Northrop Grumman
- Keith Parrish, Webb observatory commissioning manager, Goddard
- Jane Rigby, Webb operations project scientist, Goddard