James Webb Space Telescope Sails Through Early Commissioning

James Webb Space Telescope
A last look at the James Webb Space Telescope following its release from the upper stage of an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket on Dec. 25, 2021.
Credit: ESA/Arianespace
The successful launch of any spacecraft—especially one as unique and expensive as the James Webb Space Telescope—is cause for celebration, though getting the Hubble successor observatory into orbit only retired about 20% of the mission’s technical risk, tempering the joy. Following launch on Dec. 25...

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