NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope officially set to launch Dec. 24

NASA’s newest flagship observatory is about to begin an incredible journey and now has an official launch date.

The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to launch in a week, on Dec. 24 at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT or 9:20 a.m. local time in French Guiana), and has been packed up inside the nose cone of its Ariane 5 rocket for the trip.