NASA has announced that the launch of the James Webb or "Golden Eye" telescope will be delayed again to October 31 next year, which will be the largest and most powerful telescope to be launched into space.
The agency attributed the reasons for the delay to the outbreak of the emerging coronavirus, in addition to the technical challenges facing the completion of the completion of the work of the Space Observatory.
The James Spacecraft is currently being tested at Northrop Grumman, in Redondo Beach, California - which is NASA's main industrial partner in launching the mission.
The results of the recent risk assessment process recommended the delay of the James Webb telescope launch, as it was to be transported to the European Space Port in Coreau, French Guiana, for launch on an Ariane 5 space missile under the supervision of the European Space Agency.
According to Sky News, it is known that the James Webb telescope will be the successor to the Hubble Telescope, which has been subjected to numerous obstacles and delayed several times in its launch and exceeded its main cost.
It is noteworthy that the development work on the telescope started in 1995, and its launch date was set in 2007, but the project was postponed several times over the dates that were scheduled for launch in October 2018 and May 2020, and in March 2021 due to the high cost that exceeded the initial accounts to finish developing it .
One of the tasks of the new telescope is to capture infrared radiation in the cosmic spectrum, where it will study multiple stages in the history of the universe, including the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on Earth-like planets, as well as studying the evolution of our solar system.