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James Webb Space Telescope Launch Postponed Again



The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is again postponed. This time, however, while we are talking only about the postponement for a few weeks or a couple of months, although this information will be confirmed later.

Last summer, NASA and ESA set their launch date to October 31, 2021. However, now three factors have appeared at once, which contributed to the next shift in terms. We are talking about the process of delivery of the telescope, the readiness of the Ariane 5 rocket, which will be used for launch, as well as the readiness of the cosmodrome in South America. The exact date will be determined before the end of summer or early fall, but for now, scientists expect to launch in November or December of this year.

The launch of the space observatory, which cost NASA and ESA $ 10 billion, has been postponed many times. Suffice it to recall that initially the scientists planned to launch the telescope in 2007, although this was long before the full-fledged start of work on the apparatus, when the project budget was estimated at another half a billion dollars.

The James Webb Space Telescope, with its 6.5-meter-diameter composite mirror, predicts a myriad of new discoveries, including the detection of light from the first stars and galaxies, the detection of cold exoplanets, and even the search for biosignatures on aquatic satellites within our solar system.

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