Next generation NASA telescope on track for 2018 launch

The head of U.S. space agency Nasa has said that its next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the 24-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, is on track for a 2018 launch.

All four of Webb’s science instruments and all 18 of its primary mirror segments have already been delivered to the Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, where the agency’s flagship science project will be assembled once the telescope structure arrives.


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