NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Launch Until October 2021

Launch affected by the pandemic

According to the agency, the decision to delay the launch is due to technical challenges and the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the chairman of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, noticed the troubles NASA activities experienced because of the pandemic, from trimming down on work hours to the positive COVID-19 cases among the workforce.

Testing is ongoing

This year, the full observatory is set to proceed with the last arrangement of complex environmental tests, with the electrical testing effectively finished for the current week. In August, the entire observatory is planned to undergo acoustics and vibration tests.

About Webb Space Telescope

By one year from now, it will be folded “origami-style” for shipment to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana and fitted inside the Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launcher,which is around 16 feet wide.

‘Next great space science observatory’

The James Webb Space Telescope is a worldwide undertaking driven by NASA in a joint effort with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency. Worked to be the following incredible space observatory, it is relied upon to expand on the extraordinary work of the Hubble Space Telescope, from distinguishing the light from the stars and cosmic systems to examining the climates of exoplanets.



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