Covid 19 pandemic to cost NASA billions of dollars9. April 2021
Covid 19 pandemic to cost NASA billions of dollars
New York, 4/9/2021
NASA expects the COVID-19 pandemic to cost the agency up to $3 billion. That’s according to a recent audit. Launch dates for several missions have been pushed back by up to 10 months.
Notable projects affected:
The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will replace the Hubble telescope, has been delayed by seven months and will cost NASA $100 million.
The launch of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, which will focus on dark energy and exoplanets, has been pushed back six months and will cost the agency $399.9 million.
NISAR has been pushed back seven months and will cost NASA $36 million. Data from this satellite will help scientists understand changes in the land surface, which will help manage resources and combat global warming.
The PACE satellite, which measures the state of Earth’s climate, has been pushed back nine months and will cost the agency $29.2 million.