Listen live now: NASA update on James Webb Space Telescope

NASA will hold a press teleconference at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) today, July 16, to give an status update on its next flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope.


The press conference will feature an update on “the world’s next premier infrared space observatory and the largest, most complex space telescope for astronomy ever built.,” NASA officials said.
The James Webb Space Telescope is an advanced infrared space telescope designed to peer farther back into the history of the universe than ever before. The $9.8 billion space telescope was originally scheduled to launch in October 2018, but suffered from repeated delays and cost overruns.
Last month, NASA announced that the Webb space telescope would miss its latest launch target of March 2021 due to issues related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The mission should launch by the end of 2021, NASA officials have said.
Speaking during today’s press conference will be:
NASA will host a media teleconference at 4:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, to provide an update on the status of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s next premier infrared space observatory and the largest, most complex space telescope for astronomy ever built.
The media teleconference audio will stream live at:
https://www.nasa.gov/live
Participants in the teleconference include:


To participate, media must email their name and affiliation to Felicia Chou at felicia.chou@nasa.gov by noon EDT Thursday, July 16.


The United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars has been delayed due to bad weather at its launch site in Japan.


The UAE’s Hope Mars orbiter was slated to launch toward the Red Planet on a Japanese H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Bad weather at the launch site prevented launch attempts on July 14 and July 16, with a new launch date yet to be determined.
The United Arab Emirates’ Hope mission to Mars in photos
UPDATE for 10 am ET: SpaceX has called off today’s planned launch of 57 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky Global satellites in order to perform extra rocket checks. You can read our full story here.
SpaceX will launch its tenth batch of Starlink internet satellites Saturday (July 11) and you’ll be able to watch it live here.


A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the Starlink mission at 10:54 a.m. EDT (1454 GMT), after a weather delay as well as an earlier delay to allow more checks with its Falcon 9 rockets. The mission is carrying 57 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky Global Earth-observing satellites under a rideshare agreement with Spaceflight Inc.


The first-stage booster for this flight is making its fourth trip to space. It was used to launch SpaceX’s uncrewed Demo-1 Crew Dragon mission in 2019, three Radarsat satellites for Canada and another Starlink mission earlier this year. The booster is expected to land on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after liftoff.
Related: SpaceX’s Starlink satellite megaconstellation launches in photos
SpaceX is targeting Saturday, July 11 at 10:54 a.m. EDT, 14:54 UTC, for launch of its tenth Starlink mission, which will include 57 Starlink satellites and 2 satellites from BlackSky, a Spaceflight customer. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station, launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, and the fourth and seventh Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
You can watch the launch webcast here, starting about 15 minutes before liftoff. If you would like to receive updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area, please visit starlink.com.
The BlackSky Global spacecraft will deploy sequentially beginning 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 32 minutes after liftoff. Starlink satellites will be deployed in a ci…
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