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    According to the European Space Agency, the launch of the new James Webb telescope was delayed to allow experts to check for possible damage. The possible damage happened in an incident at its spaceport in French Guiana. The new telescope is supposed to replace the famous Hubble observatory.

    In a statement, the European Space Agency said on Monday technicians were preparing to attach the device to a launch vehicle when a clamp band suddenly loosened. The sudden shift jolted the delicate observatory and the agency wanted to make sure nothing was damaged. The telescope was planned to take off on December 18 and now the space agency says it will be no earlier than December 22.

    The ESA explained “a NASA-led anomaly review board was immediately convened to investigate and instituted additional testing to determine with certainty that the incident did not damage any components,… NASA and its mission partners will provide an update when the testing is completed at the end of this week.”

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