The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and it will be almost three times the size of Hubble. JWST has been designed to work best at infrared wavelengths. This will allow it to study the very distant Universe, looking for the first stars and galaxies that ever emerged. CREDIT: ESA

NASA’s Next Flagship Space Telescope Back on Track … and on Budget

by Miriam Kramer, SPACE Staff Writer
Date: 11 January 2013 Time: 03:43 PM ET

LONG BEACH, Calif. — NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — the notoriously over-budget new space observatory slated to launch in 2018 — is on time and still within its new budget, the project’s chief said Wednesday (Jan. 9).

“Our budget still stands and the schedule remains the same,” Eric Smith, the space telescope’s program director, told astronomers here at a town hall meeting during the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Smith also outlined the future of the James Webb Space Telescope program in 2013 and discussed its turbulent year in 2012.

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