James Webb space telescope launch delayed to 2020

NASA technicians lift the telescope into a clean room using a crane in April 2017

Artist's conception of the James Webb Space Telescope. This should allow the new telescope to see deeper into space and further into the past than any instrument before it.

"One of the biggest questions in exoplanet exploration is: If an astronomer finds a planet in a star's habitable zone, will it be interesting from a biologist's point of view?" said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, which is leading the mission.

Launching a project of this size and scope will be an wonderful achievement, but it is not without its challenges. The observatory was supposed to launch between March and June of 2019.

" All the observatory's trip equipment is now total; nonetheless, the concerns exposed with the spacecraft aspect are motivating us to take the essential actions to redouble our initiatives on the conclusion of this enthusiastic as well as intricate observatory", NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot claimed in a declaration.

Testing is extremely important for any observatory, but this one perhaps more so than previous projects.

The James Webb Space Telescope is intended as the successor to Hubble, which is now more than 25 years old.

HMD Global launched Nokia 1 Series Smartphone in India
For connectivity, there's 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The device has modest specifications which include 1GB RAM , 8GB ROM, and a quad-core 1.1GHz MediaTek processor .

Specifically, NASA said testing of the telescope element and spacecraft element demonstrated that each system individually meets their requirements.

But even thinking about what might happen once the JWST reaches orbit might be getting ahead of ourselves. The JWST's creators had to invent, among other things, a main mirror and a heat shield that could unfold like origami in orbit.

The delay could also affect the next astrophysics decadal survey, the report prepared by the astronomy community once per decade to determine priorities for space and ground-based observatories.

An independent assessment determined more time was needed to address challenges testing and integrating the highly complex spacecraft, including some "avoidable errors" by lead contractor Northrop Grumman, officials said.

"If we breach the 8 billion cost that was laid out in the congressional appropriations, the project will need to be reauthorized by Congress".

All pieces of the 6123 kilogram observatory are now together in the same Grumman facility for the first time and it is the integration of all of the components plus the testing that goes with it, that is holding up the launch.

Suspicious packages at DC-area military bases
Few details were released on the package found at Fort Belvoir, but a base spokesman said that it had been rendered safe. The FBI determined the packages contained potential destructive devices and appeared to be sent from the same man.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, added: "Considering the investment NASA and our global partners have made, we want to proceed systematically through these last tests, with the additional time necessary, to be ready for a May 2020 launch".

Where does the project stand now?

JWST is the most ambitious and complex space science telescope ever constructed.

In addition to the Standing Review Board, the space agency will assemble the Independent Review Board, an external group that will also look into the project.

During those tests, tensioning problems with the cables created what Zurbuchen called a "snagging hazard" that resulted in several small tears in all five layers of the sunshield membrane.

The findings and recommendations of both boards, as well as the project's input, will be considered by NASA as it defines a more specific launch timeframe. However, after years of being under construction, the cost has ballooned to over $10 billion United States dollars that includes its launch and operational expenses.

China urges calm amid worldwide expulsion of Russian diplomats
Britain says they were poisoned with a Soviet-made military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok. Moscow vehemently denies responsibility, and has vowed a "tough response" to the expulsions.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4 & RAV4 Hybrid - Pictures, Specs, Details
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:28
There's also the RAV4 Limited, meant to appeal to those who enjoy creature comforts. (18-cm) multi-information display. Toyota USA is only planning the sale of the all-new RAV4 from end of this year, starting with the petrol engine.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Veteran affairs secretary becomes latest cabinet secretary fired by Donald Trump
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:23
Jackson can do that, immediately, he will do a lot to help his chances at confirmation", Fischer said. Trump praised Shulkin as "fantastic" when he chose him to head the VA in January 2017.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top South Korea likely to be exempt from United States steel tariffs
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:48
Kim said this deal would provide "predictability and stability" for South Korean steelmakers. Still, the South Korean automotive industry is unlikely to be affected for the time being.

41 children among victims of Siberia mall fire: Gov't
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:48
It has a parking lot for 250 cars, shops, a bowling, a children's center, a cinema, and a petting zoo, according to TASS . Among those detained include "the tenant of the premises where the epicenter of the fire allegedly was", Petrenko said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Will the Rams' stunning offseason continue with Odell Beckham Jr
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:45
Two days after Giants owner John Mara opened the door for Odell Beckham Jr . rumors to swirl, he closed it nearly all the way. Giants owner John Mara said that while Beckham might not be on the trading block, he is not an 'untouchable'.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Huawei P20 Pro launch - United Kingdom release date, price and full specs REVEALED
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:41
Yes, so you can choose between using the front fingerprint sensor, face unlock , or the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The smartphone also runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box that's layered with Huawei's EMUI 8.1 skin atop.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tuesday forecast: cloudy, high 60
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:40
With high pressure in control to our north, it's keeping us wedged with cool, damp and at times, breezy conditions. By Tuesday , skies will become partly sunny and we will see another day of below average temperatures.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Messi ruled out of Argentina's friendly against Spain
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:28
Argentina's defence was hopelessly caught out for Spain's fifth when David De Gea's punt was controlled and finished by Aspas. The last meeting between the countries came in a 2010 friendly in Buenos Aires where Messi scored in a 4-1 Argentina victory.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United States destroyer sails close to contested island in South China Sea
Mar 27, 2018 - 19:10
It said two Chinese Navy ships "took immediate action to identify and verify the United States ship, and warned and dispelled it". The US has been pushing its allies to carry out freedom of navigation operations as well.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Believe Cong was company's client: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower
Mar 27, 2018 - 19:09
The recordings were made during a series of meetings at London hotels between November 2017 and January 2018. He also claimed to have documentation about this, which he would provide.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Doctor-Sexual Assault-Michigan State
Mar 27, 2018 - 19:08
The one given to Thomashow had a shorter conclusion section than the one given to Nassar, Strampel and the university. Nassar was "cleared of all charges" and 'exonerated, ' he did not see the need to follow-up", an officer wrote.

White House Says President Trump 'Doesn't Believe' Stormy Daniels Account of Affair
Mar 27, 2018 - 19:07
The letter was sent on Sunday evening to Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Ms Daniels, according to Reuters. Asked about the payment by Cohen, Shah said: "False charges are settled out of court all the time". "Mr.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top They have failed our culture - Waugh weighs in on ball-tampering scandal
Mar 27, 2018 - 19:06
Earlier, Smith and vice-captain David Warner agreed to stand down from their positions for the remainder for the third Test. NOTE: This offence supplements and does not replace ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions clause 41.3.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle's nephew 'not invited' to royal wedding?
Mar 27, 2018 - 19:04
Retro footage shot in 1990 has been unearthed, showing eight-year-old Meghan ruling over a slew of servants and fellow royals . We're okay with that. "We are so proud of her".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dropbox Set to Go with IPO
Mar 26, 2018 - 02:34
Dropbox is yet to turn in a profit, but that's common for startups that invest heavily in growth. The company will also use this time in the limelight to inform users of its different functions.