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The Challenges of Building the Hubble Telescope’s Replacement

Posted March 10, 2013 5:42 PM

From mental_floss:

Since 1990, the Hubble telescope has brought us photos that are as beautiful as they are scientifically important. But there's a limit to what Hubble can see-so space agencies from around the world are collaborating to create a better, more powerful, and literally bigger telescope: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is projected to launch in 2018. In the SXSW panel "Beyond Hubble: Building NASA's Next Great Telescope," scientists and engineers discussed what the Webb telescope will look for and all the engineering challenges that go into actually building the instrument.

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