James Webb Space Telescope launch delayed to Christmas Day

The world’s largest and most powerful telescope will study every phase of cosmic history — from within our own solar system and beyond.

James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope is so powerful, it could theoretically detect a bumblebee at the distance of the moon. Courtesy of NASA/Chris Gunn
James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope is so powerful, it could theoretically detect a bumblebee at the distance of the moon. Courtesy of NASA/Chris Gunn

James Webb Space Telescope launch delayed to Christmas Day

The world’s largest and most powerful telescope will study every phase of cosmic history — from within our own solar system and beyond.

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Following several delays, the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch Saturday from the coast of French Guiana. Reset talks to a UChicago astronomy professor about the telescope’s launch, orbit and potential research findings.

GUESTS: Jacob Bean, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago