In 2018, a review board found that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope project was already $8.8 billion over budget and still many years away from taking flight.
Even so, there are four new NASA space telescope concepts that could find their way into development soon.
One of the concepts will be funded and built to launch in the mid-2030s, but they’re all designed to help scientists discover supermassive black holes, planet-forming disks, new galaxies, and of course earth-like exoplanets that might sustain life.
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