CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The $10 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is about to take flight. NASA is entrusting the launch of the world’s biggest and most powerful space observatory to its European partners.
A French-built rocket is poised to blast off from South America with the James Webb Space Telescope.
The launch was schedule for Friday but has been postponed for at least a day because of high wind.
Years behind schedule, the elaborate, budget-busting telescope had to be folded origami-style to fit in the rocket.
That’s because its sunshield is the size of a tennis court.