@porsupah as someone who worked across the street from it I'm just like 😱 😱 😱
God I hope it's ok, almost less because I care about the telescope and more because of how many people put themselves into it
@platypus Hugely understandable! Even by space projects, it's a huge mission - from what I gather, one that forms the bulk of the career of many of those involved.
*Really* hope the investigation doesn't turn up anything untoward. (I wonder how much of that confidence will come from direct inspection and test instrumentation, and how much from simulations)
@porsupah It was only a “Vibration Event”, which is gentlest possible way of saying “we dropped your giant fragile space telescope onto the launch mount from a significant height. We’ll get back with more info as soon as the team is done changing underwear.”
@porsupah oh nooo!
OTOH, the 22nd is my birthday and as a lifelong space nerd I would accept a launch as a good present. :)
@bright_helpings That /would/ be pretty cool. =:D
It's been *so* very long in the making - it'll be exciting to see the first telemetry come back from it safely in L2. ^_^
@porsupah I know, I'm so impatient for it :)
@firstname.lastname@example.org Should we maybe just agree this space telescope is cursed, bury it in salt, and move funding on to a completely new space telescope?
@porsupah Ugh, my heart.
Update on the James Webb Space Telescope : launch date confirmed for Dec 22 at 7:20am EST!
"a NASA-led anomaly review board concluded no observatory components were damaged in the incident."
I just really hope they didn't rush it...
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