The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has delayed the launch of its $8 billion Hubble space telescope successor, James Webb Space Telescope.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by NASA after analysing the remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory. NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot said, “Webb is the highest priority project for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, and the largest international space science project in US history.”
Lightfoot added, “All the observatory’s flight hardware is now complete, however, the issues brought to light with the spacecraft element are prompting us to take the necessary steps to refocus our efforts on the completion of this ambitious and complex observatory.”
The NASA had announced that more time is needed for testing the James Webb Space Telescope, which is currently undergoing final integration. The space telescope’s previous year of launched was said to be 2019, but since more time is needed, the launch will now be targeted for May 2020.