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Space telescope launched on daring quest to behold 1st stars

NASA Space Telescope
NASA Space Telescope
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Posted at 1:58 PM, Dec 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-25 16:58:58-05

The world's largest and most powerful space telescope has blasted off on a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope rocketed away Saturday from French Guiana in South America.

A European Ariane rocket provided the Christmas morning lift.

The $10 billion infrared observatory is intended as the successor to the aging Hubble Space Telescope.

It's hurtling toward its destination 1 million miles away.

It will take a month to get there and another five months before it gets to work. NASA partnered with space agencies in Europe and Canada to build and launch the new telescope.