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James Webb Space Telescope launch delayed five months, to March 2019

James Webb Space Telescope launch delayed five months, to March 2019

It is taking engineers longer than expected to put the finishing touches on the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, prompting NASA to delay the launch of its next-generation observatory by five months.

The telescope, much of which was built and tested at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, is now scheduled to rocket from a launchpad in South America in March 2019.

NASA officials said they delayed the launch, long scheduled for October 2018, after realizing that it will take more time than...

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