NASA'S HUBBLE SUCCESSOR DELAYED AGAIN BY VIRUS, OTHER ISSUES
AppleMagazine|July 24, 2020
NASA'S HUBBLE SUCCESSOR DELAYED AGAIN BY VIRUS, OTHER ISSUES
The launch of NASA’s successor to the Hubble Space Telescope faces seven more months of delay, this time because of the pandemic and technical issues.
Officials announced that the James Webb Space Telescope — the space agency’s top science priority — is now scheduled to launch on Oct. 31, 2021. The previous target date was March 2021.

This next-generation observatory — designed to peer farther into space and further back into time than any other spacecraft — originally was supposed to fly more than a decade ago. The previous two-year-plus delay, announced in 2018, was due to worker error and hardware problems. Until COVID-19 struck, everything was finally going well, officials said.

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July 24, 2020