The National Aeronautics and Space Administration agreed to delay the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will replace Hubble.
The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope was reprogrammed by NASA due to a delay in the construction of the device, which will seek to explore and analyze the various exoplanets and their atmospheres, in which conditions are sought suitable for sustaining life.
In words taken by Gizmodo, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Scientific Missions Directorate, explained that “this decision is not based on any kind of technical hardware or performance problem, but on the fact that the integration of the different elements of the spacecraft are taking longer than we expected. ”
Originally the new device was launched in October 2018, from French Guiana, but now it will be done sometime in March and June 2019.
The space agency confirmed that the evaluation of the James Webb telescope and its scientific instruments will continue at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. These analyzes will ensure that the observatory will be ready and reviewed prior to launch, adding that they expect that the date change will not incur an additional mission cost.
The new instrument is named after James Edwin Webb, one of the strongest proponents of the Apollo space program. The telescope has a 6.5 meter diameter mirror, designed to observe a wide range of astronomical phenomena, such as the atmosphere of planets outside the solar system and other objects within our planetary system.
The media recalled that the Hubble telescope, was launched to terrestrial orbit in 1990 and it is expected that its operation continued until 2021.