“Astronomers have more riding on the rocket than the James Webb Space Telescope. Also at risk is the viability of NASA’s vast space-science portfolio, if not the future of astronomy itself. As the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST is one of those once-in-a-generation scientific projects that can strain the patience of government benefactors, as well as the responsible agency’s credibility, but also define a field for decades to comeā€”and possibly redefine it forever.” Otherwise, it’s no big deal. ScientificAmerican: The James Webb Space Telescope Has Launched: Now Comes the Hard Part.