James Webb Space Telescope
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Launch of NASA’s oft-delayed James Webb Space Telescope, the most expensive science spacecraft ever built, will slip at least another 10 months, to March 30, 2021, because of technical issues and management woes, pushing its already astronomical cost up to some $9.66 billion, $837 million higher than earlier estimates, the agency reported Wednesday.

The rescheduling is the latest in a series of delays for Webb, which NASA had originally hoped to get off the ground way back in 2007.

“We have to get this right here on the ground before we go to space,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said during a news conference today. “And I just want to re-emphasize: Webb is worth the wait.”

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