Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), to absolutely no one’s surprise, has been delayed once again. This time the telescope is delayed from March 2021 to October 2021 due to a combination of technical difficulties and everyone’s favorite 2020 boogeyman: the CoronaVirus™.
The JWST is a notorious project between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) that has become the poster child for government program budget inflation. Designed as a replacement for the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the telescope began development when I was starting out as a freshman in high school and continues today (24 years later)!
It’s really a small delay against the backdrop of how many times the project has already been delayed, but I still wish the JWST team success whenever it manages to launch.