"The James Webb Space Telescope group, additionally in California, is suspending incorporation and testing activities", NASA reported in an announcement.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the globe, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Fox News the space agency will "continue to assess the potential impact on our missions as the situation unfolds". The event had been arranged to allow Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen and several division leaders to summarize and address questions about President Donald Trump's budget request for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins on October 1.
The James Webb Space Telescope, which has already been delayed countless times during its lengthy, trouble development, will likely suffer additional delays in the wake of the pandemic. The meeting was initially scheduled to take place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. We'll talk about the coronavirus today and how the virus affects science.More news: The Patriots are releasing kicker Stephen Gostkowski
Even NASA's most prized missions presently being developed could see genuine effects from COVID-19 regulation measures, Zurbuchen said.
That spacecraft is now scheduled to launch next March, although a January report from the Government Accountability Office suggested that the project had just a 12% chance of meeting that timeline, even without the pandemic.
Bridenstine says their teams are working to analyze the full picture of the impact and reduce associated risks, but the top priority right now is to protect the health and safety of the NASA workforce. The instrument is now in California, the governor of which on Thursday (March 19) instituted mandatory restrictions keeping his residents in their homes for the foreseeable future except for essential errands.
Coronavirus will likely delay several NASA projects, with the Mars 2020 still on schedule but facing the possibility of a significant delay. The main shuttle is now in Florida, however prelaunch get together isn't yet finished and the wanderer's capacity supply has not yet shown up.More news: British children join exercise lesson from home
NASA will hopefully launch the Mars 2020 rover this year, depending on how the COVID-19 outbreak plays out, which will explore the Red Planet as preparation for humanity's arrival, which could happen in the next decade. "Both missions are priorities but they're very different as far as their situation and decisions that need to be made".
In an interview with CNN, he said: "It feels like we are on our own". Zurbuchen recognized that some NASA staff will manage different inconveniences, such as taking consideration of children home from school or returning to the family they have been working ceaselessly from, and that the circumstance is proceeding to change.
He also directed a few encouragements specifically to graduate students and other early-career professionals. We don't need this to be a sort of a byway vocation astute, a crossroads for you that is forced, all things considered, he said.
The unspoken question underlying his remarks, of course, was what that future might look like.More news: Fed vows unlimited bond buying to soothe market