NASA again postpones launch of the telescope, "James Webb"

Already starting to think that this thing never fly into space to open new horizons for humanity. NASA space agency has announced that once again pushes back the launch of its most advanced and very long-awaited space telescope "James Webb" at a later date.

NASA again postpones launch of the telescope,

Total number of months the agency has stated previously that planned for late 2018 launch postponed at the beginning of 2019. Now this event is pushed further, the earliest - on the May 2020-th. As they say, it never has been that way, and here again.

The head of the agency Robert Lightfoot confirmed that all of the equipment for the telescope is fully assembled and ready to go, but new problems have arisen in the apparatus forced a team of engineers to take the extra time to complete all the work. According to Lightfoot, individually all parts of the machine work well, but the entire system requires further checks and tests.

NASA again postpones launch of the telescope,

Artistic concept of the telescope in space

The agency wants to collect an external, independent team of experts, so that they were able to assess the project and make recommendations that will help NASA prepare the machine for a new launch date. In a statement, the agency also said that NASA and the European Space Agency (one of the parties who have made a significant contribution to the creation of the Space Telescope) have agreed on the need to postpone the launch of a new term. In addition, the parties will provide the final estimate of the costs, which are likely to exceed the current estimated cost of the project. Now she is, we recall, is about $ 8 billion, which is several times higher than the original estimates. It was planned that the telescope will cost 1, 6 billion dollars and will be launched as early as 2011! Scientists can not wait for access to the machine, but the project was so ambitious that any error in assembly can lead to a real catastrophe. Eight billion dollars, Carl! This is the most expensive space telescope in the history of mankind. And, apparently, it will become even more expensive at the time of its launch.

But is it worth it for such efforts and costs? Decide for yourself: the telescope will be able to observe the most ancient galaxies and stars in the universe, watching to see how the formation of new stars, to learn new exoplanets at an all new, more dative level, as well as the search for life in the water worlds of the solar system - Europe and Enceladus.