NASA reportedly has postponed the launch date of the James Webb Space Telescope yet again due to machinery issues and budget crisis. As announced by the United States space agency on Wednesday 27th June, the James Webb Space Telescope would require another three years as well as billion more dollars to get completed.
The Webb Space Telescope was reportedly reviewed by an independent board, which sent a report to NASA pointing out that the telescope’s cost at the present would be around 9.66 billion dollars and it will require time till 30th March 2021 to get completely ready for launch.
This review committee was reportedly appointed in last spring when some of the components of the Webb Space Telescope fell off when it was undergoing a test at Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles.
Aerospace Executive and former agency Manager, Tom Young, who was the head of the board, pointed out on Wednesday some attributes, which caused the crisis. According to Young, the trouble in the telescope was the result of excessive optimism, spacecraft complexity, and human errors. Young said in a statement, “Ensuring every element of Webb functions properly before it gets to space is critical to its success.”
The Webb Space Telescope, named after James Webb, the former administrator of NASA, is the long-awaited telescope of the U.S. space agency after the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. This telescope is a combined endeavor of NASA as well as the European Space Agency.
The Webb Space Telescope is more than two times bigger than the Hubble Telescope and is reportedly the biggest telescope to be launched by NASA. The mirror used in the Webb telescope has a diameter of around 6.5 meters in comparison to the 2.4 meters mirror of the Hubble telescope. This indicates that the Webb would possess increased light-gathering ability as compared to Hubble. The Webb Space Telescope would reportedly use this high power for making farther and deeper observation in space including the past events of our universe.
Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement, “By setting this new launch date, NASA is accepting the [board’s] recommendations.”