NASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch until October 2021

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 17, 2020

The new target launch date is October 31, 2021.

NASA on Thursday postponed the launch of its 10 billion USA dollars James Webb Space Telescope from March next year to October 31, 2021, blaming the pandemic and other technical challenges.

In a teleconference, NASA researchers discussed that the newest hold off has been pushed mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the reason that of the added margin in the timetable, the NASA officers expressed assurance in the new day. "We're not expecting to go over and above Oct 31st", said Gregory Robinson, NASA's Webb method director.

After it is launched from French Guiana, Webb will journey a million miles from Earth, away from the Sun, before assuming its orbit.

Thomas Zurbuchen, who prospects science courses for the space company, explained NASA has talked with the European House Company about the new day and verified that an Ariane 5 rocket will be available for the new launch day.

If NASA can hold to the current routine and encounters no major supplemental issues, officials also think the project's existing spending plan will include the expenses of the delay-meaning the room company will need not return to Congress to request for extra income. It has longer wavelength coverage than the Hubble and has greatly improved sensitivity, giving it the power to detect light from the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang. Because then, specialized complications and delays have bedeviled the complex telescope. This is an exceedingly elaborate approach, and there are a lot more than 300 one factors of failure aboard the observatory. NASA has experienced a hard time testing them all on Earth in conditions that mimic the temperatures, strain, and microgravity of deep area.

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