The James Webb Space Telescope Is Delayed (Again)! What Is Happening?

SeekerPublished: August 3, 2018
Published: August 3, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope being developed by NASA is set to be one the most exciting space observatories ever developed! With totally novel technologies and instruments, it will give us new insights into our universe. Unfortunately, its completion and launch has been delayed. Again. What’s going on?

The initial completion window for the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, was supposed to be between 2007 and 2011. There were some pretty severe budget and scheduling issues, resulting in a 2011 overhaul of the project that set a new completion date for October of 2018. That turned out to be a little too optimistic, so they pushed it back to May of 2020, and now here we are with another new hopeful finish line of March, 2021.

This telescope is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, so this is the kind of telescope we send out into space, all by itself! Unlike Hubble, though, the JWST will orbit out of our reach. It won’t be serviceable, even by robotic missions. So, before it launches, it has to be perfect.

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