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James Webb telescope still on schedule for launch despite GAO concerns

from Space News

Some work on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is behind schedule and fueling concerns about a near-term cash crunch, but the agency still expects to finish the $8.8 billion astronomy flagship in plenty of time to make a scheduled October 2018 launch. A senior NASA official emphasized that the infrared observatory, which has become infamous for soaring cost growth and delays, is not in any trouble despite the nagging issues cited in the latest annual program assessment by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. more


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