NASA’s Next Generation Space Telescope Plan Takes a Pause

NASA said it is initiating an independent external review to know how long it will take and how much it will cost to build the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

WFIRST is NASA’s next large space telescope under development, after the James Webb Space Telescope that is launching in 2018.

“Developing large space missions is difficult,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

“This is the right time for us to pause for an independent look at our plans to make sure we understand how long it will take, and how much it will cost, to build WFIRST,” Zurbuchen said in a NASA statement on Friday.

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