NASA again delays James Webb Space Telescope launch, next-generation space observatory. The space agency announced Wednesday that it has delayed the launch of its troubled Webb Telescope.
The next great observatory now has a new launch date of March 30th, 2021 due to some ongoing changing procedures and reigning of me unjustified schedule optimism. It’s the third delay if the project in the last nine months and this year’ second delay.
The James Webb Space Telescope would capture images of everything from the Universe’s first galaxies to the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets. It would be the biggest complex imaging hardware that the space agency has aimed to push in the space.
“We’re all disappointed that the culmination of Webb and its launch is taking longer than expected, but we’re creating something new here. We’re dealing with cutting-edge technology to perform an unprecedented mission, and I know that our teams are working hard and will successfully overcome the challenges,” Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator said in a video statement.
NASA confirmed that the JWST project’s delay will staple a new cost of development passing a previous $8 billion set back in 2011. It said that now the total cost of the Telescope will be around $9.66 billion.
The agency also noted that the JWST project will need more funds by 2020 and 2021 and it will have to get those additions approved by the White House.
“How big a leap is possible in a single mission? I think that’s a question that we’re always asking,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, “Make no mistake, we want to take leaps. Otherwise we’re not NASA.”
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