But it needs to clear one last hurdle first.
It’s finally happening: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is due to reach its forever home today.
The hotly-anticipated spacecraft is arriving at its final destination on Monday, capping off decades of feverish anticipation, delayed launches, and plenty of meme fodder. The JWST will now orbit Lagrange Point 2 (L2), a region of space roughly one million miles away from Earth.
The Final Burn
Don’t pop the champagne quite yet, though. NASA still needs to conduct a thruster burn to make sure the Webb lands in the right position in L2.
The agency said that "ground teams plan to fire Webb’s thrusters at 2 pm ET" today, according to a press release. For all intents and purposes, this delicate procedure will be the final hurdle on telescope's month-long journey. Once cleared, the Webb will be able to use minimal fuel to remain in its orbit for good.
Unlike past JWST milestones, NASA won’t be conducting a live stream of mission control. Instead, the agency will be hosting a teleconference at 3pm ET once the burn is successfully finished.
Hopefully, they'll be giving us a lot of hype about the insights that the JWST will provide us about our universe — and not announcing some catastrophic failure that occurred during the final burn.
You can check that out in the stream below:
READ MORE: NASA to Discuss Webb’s Arrival at Final Destination, Next Steps [NASA]