Time to fly?

Watch: Explosive animation shows how the Webb telescope will blast into space

A hint at what’s to come.

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After at least a half dozen delays, it’s looking more likely that the James Webb Space Telescope will actually launch in 2021.

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On December 14, the ESA announced that its crews completed one of the final steps before launch: placing the folded-up telescope atop the Ariane 5 rocket that will take it to space.