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The Real Cost Of The James Webb Telescope

Histories’ most powerful telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, is ready for launch, but the long road that led us here has not been an easy one.

Not only did the JWST take over 3 decades to build, but it also cost upwards of 10 billion dollars to make. That’s not including the cost of every other expenditure, like the Ariane 5 rocket, the sensors and scientific equipment, and the massive amount of manpower used to build and transport it.

With a net worth rivaling some of the wealthiest families in the world, the JWST is easily the scientific community’s largest investment, all in the pursuit of science.

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