JWST: Watch the biggest space telescope ever to travel to Guyana

The big day is drawing near for the James-Webb Space Telescope! NASA, ESA and CNES announced the arrival of the new mastodon of astronomical observation on October 12 in the French port of Pariacabo, in Guyana. The instrument had been loaded aboard a massive freighter in Redondo Beach, California, before going to sea for 16 days. The boat reached the east coast of South America via the Panama Canal. After years of delay, the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will take place on December 18, 2021 from the base in Kourou, Guyana. It will take off thanks to an Ariane 5 rocket and will be sent to the Lagrange L2 point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, at the end of a one-month space trip. The telescope will be operational in early 2022. The fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) stored in its hangar. © Nasa, Chris Gunn