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NASA resets Webb Telescope launch for 2021

NASA says the launch of its flagship James Webb Space Telescope is being rescheduled for no earlier than 2021, with its total price tag boosted to $9.66 billion. That price tag includes a development cost of $8.8 billion, which breaks the … Continue reading

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Fasteners come loose on Webb Space Telescope

NASA says it’s reviewing its options for repair and corrective action for the multibillion-dollar James Webb Space Telescope after tests shook fastening hardware off the observatory’s sunshield covers. The issue isn’t expected to force further delays in the Webb Space … Continue reading

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NASA delays Webb Space Telescope’s liftoff to 2020

NASA is delaying the scheduled launch of its next flagship observatory, the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope, by a year — which may hike its cost so high that Congress will have to OK more money. Acting agency administrator Robert Lightfoot said … Continue reading

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2018 turns to 2019 for Webb Space Telescope

NASA says it’s moving the launch date for its $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing a longer-than-expected process of integrating elements of the house-sized spacecraft. The latest delay for the oft-postponed launch was announced Sept. … Continue reading

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All systems go for testing Webb Telescope

After years of busted budgets and stretched timelines, NASA says its $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is ready for testing and on track for launch in 2018. The telescope, seen as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is … Continue reading

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NASA finishes huge mirror for Webb Telescope

NASA has put the 18th and final piece of the puzzle into place for the $8.8 billionJames Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror – marking a major milestone on the way to the observatory’s launch in 2018. The 21.3-foot-wide mirror is so … Continue reading

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New index sizes up habitability of alien planets

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory have devised a new habitability index for judging how suitable alien planets might be for life, and the top prospects on their list are an Earthlike world called Kepler-442b and a yet-to-be confirmed planet known as … Continue reading

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