NASA because of the coronavirus has postponed the launch of the new orbital telescope

Launch of the newest telescope “James Webb” postponed to October 31, 2021 in connection with the pandemic coronavirus and technical problems, reports the American space Agency NASA.

In a statement, the Agency notes that latency is affected by the reduction in the number of employees involved in the creation of the telescope. This was due to the pandemic COVID-19. However, the Agency expects that the cost of establishing space telescope shall not exceed $8.8 billion approved budget. Currently, tests of the telescope continues.

Recall the last postponement, made in 2018, it was assumed that the launch will take place in spring 2021. Prior to that, was planned to bring the telescope into orbit in 2020. Then, the Supervisory Board NASA described the reason for the delay technical mistakes and “excessive optimism”.

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