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Old 07-02-2018, 11:31 AM   #166
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 As much as I like telescopes, both ground-based and spaceborne, I say cancel this project and call it a day. Build something that actually works.

They won't though because its a shelter for jobs. And no nasa administrator wants to launch this on his watch and have it fail anyways.. If itís ever completed, the builders wonít be able to suck money from the government anymore. JWST makes more money on the ground than it ever could in space.
Unlike a planetary mission, a single astronomy mission can support many different kinds of scientists. JWST will study planets, exoplanets, astrobiology, cosmology, and stellar physics off the top of my head. So I think it's still worth the price tag and I'm sure the engineers are testing everything conceivable extremely thoroughly to give the telescope the best chance of working as planned straight out-of-fairing. If Webb is canceled or tragically thinks it's a submarine, a lot of science will be lost.

The risk of failure is an inherent part of any space mission, and the greatest NASA missions are the most audacious. The agency is at its best when it pushes boundaries. Webb may have been too complicated, but it will do amazing things that are only possible far away in space.

NASA is making sure future flagship astronomy missions won't have such a tumultuous development. WFIRST is a lot less groundbreaking and the agency is working to keep its budget close to $3 billion. The following flagship mission is capped at $5 billion, making scientists rethink some crazier proposals. Even the cost for more modest missions is more on the ground than in space. It's cheaper to fly a mission than to develop one (at least one that hasn't been flying for many years).

All the money JWST makes is on the ground anyway. Just think of all the families of scientists, engineers, and technicians that this mission feeds, before launch and after launch. At least the R&D money before launch is going to good jobs. Maybe some of the technologies developed will have further applications. Maybe that has already happened.
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:56 PM   #167
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 https://twitter.com/jtuttlekeane/status/1011742589106569216

2026 then...
https://xkcd.com/2014/

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Old 07-03-2018, 07:29 AM   #168
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Everybody likes a graph.

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Old 07-04-2018, 04:26 AM   #169
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This thread gave me an idea.



I fixed the patch.

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Old 07-23-2018, 02:28 AM   #170
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This is hysterical: https://xkcd.com/2014/
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:11 PM   #171
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Is it right to say this graph tells me "NOW: 2026" ?
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:17 AM   #172
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At the hearing last week the $500 million dollar JWST was over $ 8 billion as of now and Northrop Grumman was asking for another $1.5 billion and 3 more years. Might should have called Space X.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:38 PM   #175
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When will the launch be?
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:11 AM   #176
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Title Deployment test of Webb’s secondary mirror
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The secondary mirror – visible in the top right corner of the image – is among the most important pieces of equipment on the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and is essential to the success of the mission.
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Ima...condary_mirror
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James Webb Space Telescope comes together
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 When will the launch be?
Late 2026!
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