NASA@ My Library

Countdown to The James Webb Space Telescope Launch!

JWST is scheduled to launch on Christmas Eve!

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the world’s premier space science observatory when it launches later this month. Webb will solve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it.

Webb is targeted to launch at 7:20 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 24, on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America.

The Webb mission, an international partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, will explore every phase of cosmic history – from within the solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. Webb will reveal new and unexpected discoveries and help humanity understand the origins of the universe and our place in it.

Watch the Launch Live!

NASA will provide coverage of prelaunch, launch, and postlaunch activities for the James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s largest and most powerful space science telescope.

At 1 PM CST on Tuesday, December 21, NASA will hold a prelaunch media teleconference with NASA and JWST leaders.

At 5 AM CST on Friday, December 24, NASA will begin live coverage of the launch.

Look Up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Reading & Activity Challenge

Learn all about the science behind NASA’s newest space telescope mission and explore our universe with the LOOK UP Challenge! Scheduled to launch this winter, the James Webb Space Telescope is the most advanced infrared space telescope ever launched and will allow us to look deeper into time and space than ever before.

Help your library win a collection of programming materials from NASA@ My Library by logging your reading and completing activities. Earn new badges all month long! Throughout the challenge, readers will have access to virtual NASA@ My Library and NASA resources to gain new skills and explore educational and career pathways in Earth and Space Science.

Join the Challenge on Beanstack! Here’s how:

  1. Sign into your Beanstack account or create an account
  2. Sign up for the Look Up! Challenge
  3. Read!
  4. Log your reading on Beanstack

About NASA@ My Library

Carbondale Public Library is one of sixty U.S. libraries – and one of only two in Illinois! – selected to be a NASA@ My Library Partner. This means we’re able to bring you several stellar STEM events throughout this next year, so stay tuned!

Questions about the Look Up Challenge or CPL’s partnership with NASA @ My Library? Contact Children’s Librarian Francine:

NASA @ My Library is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant No. NNX16AE30A. The work was also assisted and supported by the Space Science Institute, which was the recipient of the grant. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or the Space Science Institute.

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