Webb Telescope Faced Decades of Delays and Cost Overruns : Consider This from NPR The James Webb Space Telescope has captured images of the universe that have stunned both scientists and the public. But for more than twenty years before its launch, the mission faced multiple delays, cost overruns, technical difficulties and threats from Congress to kill it altogether.

We'll speak with some of the leaders of the Webb telescope mission who fought to keep it alive — and hear from astronomers whose work is now changed forever by its images.

This episode also features reporting from NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

The Long And Winding Journey Of The James Webb Space Telescope

The Long And Winding Journey Of The James Webb Space Telescope

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Ernie Wright stands near the James Webb Space Telescope mirrors as they sit just outside the testing chamber in the x-ray calibration facility at MSFC. David Higginbotham/Getty Images hide caption

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Ernie Wright stands near the James Webb Space Telescope mirrors as they sit just outside the testing chamber in the x-ray calibration facility at MSFC.

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The James Webb Space Telescope has captured images of the universe that have stunned both scientists and the public. But for more than twenty years before its launch, the mission faced multiple delays, cost overruns, technical difficulties and threats from Congress to kill it altogether.

We'll speak with some of the leaders of the Webb telescope mission who fought to keep it alive — and hear from astronomers whose work is now changed forever by its images.

This episode also features reporting from NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Noah Caldwell. It was edited by Bridget Kelley and Neela Banerjee. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.