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How Close Are We to Launching the James Webb Space Telescope?

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The James Webb Space Telescope will allow us to see further into space than ever before, and its discoveries are expected to revolutionize astronomy. So, how close are we to finally launching it?

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Special thanks to Dr. Amber Straughn and Dr. Amy Lo for their help with this episode!
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