An Ariane 5 rocket is shown leaving the launch pad with puffy clouds of exhaust all around.


Friday, December 24, 4:20 a.m. PST (7:20 a.m. EST)


Online (see event details)

Target Audience:

General Public


Update: Dec. 15, 2021 – The scheduled launch date has been changed to Friday, Dec. 24.

The James Webb Space Telescope, which is designed to capture views of the early universe as far back as 13.5 billion years ago, is scheduled to launch from French Guiana on Friday, Dec. 24. Find out how you can follow along as the mission unfolds (literally!) and get students exploring the science of the universe. Check out the resources below – including lessons and activities for teachers and students – to get started.

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