It is "the most detailed picture yet" of the plasma-spitting quasar that formed when the Earth was only 7% of its current age.
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers reprimanded NASA on Wednesday for another massive cost overrun and the latest scheduled delay of the Hubble Space Telescope James Webb But the successor, who should look back to the beginning of time, the "cosmic dawn,"
Despite all their desperation and verbal references, the members gave The Science, Space and Technology Committee has no indication that they are ready to launch a program that will be 19x the original price and 14 years later – assuming it is able to reach its final destination chen.
That's because James Webb, for all the mismanagement of the agency's Cosmic Observatory, keeps tormenting to decipher the deepest secrets of the universe. In addition, California Democrat Ami Bera said, what choice is there?
"You already have a lot of the sunk costs in it, so it would be short-sighted not to say that we're completing this incredibly important project," he said newly-installed NASA Administrator James Briddentine, a former Oklahoma GOP Congressman James Webb, who was scheduled as a $ 500-million project for 2007, has increased to $ 9.6 billion by at least March 2021 into space for the first time in front of the panel he once sat on
NASA increased the size and performance of the telescope, adding to its already complex design and assembly. But human errors, problems with a complicated sun-shield, and NASA's "excessive optimism", which added further delays and costs to the mission, said Tom Young, a former NASA official who directs the independent examining commission that examines the program Deputies on Wednesday.  Read More: Webb telescope to see farther, better than Hubble
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Under the setbacks, said Young, was the use of a wrong solvent, which was used to clean drive valves, which eventually swallowed seals, but were discovered years later during testing. Another reason was the improper installation of screws to fix the sunshade, a device that protects the area of a tennis court to protect the mirrors that serve as the primary eyes of the telescope.
"That's the biggest screw I've got" The taxpayers are stuck here, "said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.
Unlike Hubble, who sits on Earth orbit, James Webb becomes about 1 million This distance means that NASA and its main contractor, Northrop Grumman, have to do everything right before take-off because repair missions could take years, if any, to accomplish.
The Congress, ahead of some It has now been decided whether or not to sign the last increase.
It has already been mentioned by Nature magazine as the "Telescope, the Ate Astronomy "because its rising costs have devoured the budgets of other science programs.
Bridenstine, only three months at work, tried to reassure lawmakers by telling them that the agency has taken numerous steps
The agency has accepted all 32 panel recommendations and blocked $ 28 million of the potential $ 60 million in fees Northrop Grumman was eligible for. and deployed more NASA supervisors and managers for the project.
"We have all the tools we have and we use them to the best of our ability," he told the committee. "It's not comfortable coming back and reporting cost overruns and delays, but in the end, I really think it's worth it."
The political background of Bridenstine on Capitol Hill appears to be helping Congress, especially the financial conservatives, to continue the mission is the right path.
"Your legacy, I suppose, will depend on how well you're done … with the completion of James Webb, I have expectations that you can do that." Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., Said the NASA administrator. "Your word is … we will not fly until we are perfect, and if we are perfect, we will live up to the expectations we set for this project in this committee and in this country. ?
"That's right," Briddestine replied.
"That's the security I need," Lucas said.
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