At last – The James Webb Space Telescope is cleared for launch

Artist's view of the James Webb Space Telescope on an Ariane 5 rocket. Credit: ESA/D. Ducros.

After years of delays and huge cost overruns, humanity’s next great space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, has successfully completed the final mission analysis review and is cleared for launch on or after October 31, 2021.

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About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.