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The telescope Hubble's successor is scheduled to launch in June 2013

NASA officials unveiled a model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a new telescope which is expected to replace the aging Hubble space telescope.  The $4.5 billion space telescope is bigger than the Hubble and will sit further from Earth.  The total expected cost of the project is almost $3 billion cheaper than the original Hubble project.

The JWST will be 80ft long by 40ft. high and will have a mirror nearly three times the size of the one used on the Hubble.  The 21ft. mirror will allow scientists to see further into the history of space.  Norhrop Grumman, the contractor responsible for building the JWST telescope, expects it to have a 10-year lifespan.

The full-scale model of the JWST is currently on display near the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  Although budget issues continue to plague NASA, all technical and cost schedules have reportedly been met for the past 20 months.

"We're making excellent progress in meeting all of our plans and commitments for a mid-2013 launch," said Martin Mohan, a Northrop Grumman project manager.

Until JWST is launched, NASA plans on continuing to service the Hubble -- NASA plans on launching at least one mission designed specifically for Hubble repair.

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RE: sad
By shaggeo68 on 5/15/2007 11:35:36 AM , Rating: 0
Just to be more accurate...
NASA's budget for 1 project into 2013

If you put these items in a graph of what is important and urgent, I would think stabilizing the middle east would rank
more highly in urgency and importance than a telescope that
peers into a history that we cannot alter. Now please do
not use flawed logic to quote me as saying any of these
1) war in Iraq is only important thing
2) telescope/space exploration is not important
These are not what I'm saying. Simply put, one often has to
forgo the ideal in order to meet the immediate need,
preserving the opportunity to make best possible
decisions in the future.

RE: sad
By tmarat on 5/15/2007 11:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
He he. a topic about a space telescope and the issue of Iraq comes along :)

Below is my comment:
While I agree that a ruthless dictator had been removed from power (good thing), but I disagree with an idea that USA intervention is making middle east more stable. I think it has become more unstable than before.

RE: sad
By jskirwin on 5/15/2007 9:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
I think it has become more unstable than before.

Tell me, when was Middle East ever stable? At least the Iraqis have a fighting chance at peace, something they have never ever had - and would be damned to eternal slavery if you so-called "liberals" had your way.

And one segment of Iraq is already living quite peacefully: the Kurds. In 1988 they were being gassed; today they are watching the Sunnis and Shiites beat the crap out of each other. Meanwhile their economy grows, as do their ambitions.

RE: sad
By Ringold on 5/15/2007 10:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
The Roman's had them under their heel pretty well, until they started to become weak. When the half-measures and apathy started to flow, the Arabs, Persians, and so-called "barbarians" could smell the blood in the water, and we all know what ended up happening there. History doesn't repeat itself, no, never.

RE: sad
By tmarat on 5/16/2007 4:46:12 AM , Rating: 2
What makes you think you know what Iraqis want?
One segment might be living peacefully, but others (majority) are in a bloody fight.

RE: sad
By HubbleBubble on 5/16/2007 12:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
> At least the Iraqis have a fighting chance at peace,
> something they have never ever had - and would be
> damned to eternal slavery if you so-called "liberals"
> had your way.

Let's see...since the 2003 invasion: Two thirds of a million
dead and three and a half million driven out of their homes in
fear - two million fleeing the country altogether, putting
enormous strain on and further increasing tensions in
neighbouring countries. The majority of Iraq's population
want us out and over half actually support attacks on coalition
...Because you "right-wingers" had your way. You must be proud. LOL

RE: sad
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 5/15/2007 12:30:53 PM , Rating: 5
Here’s a way to get two birds with one stone…
Make the mirror a little bigger and add a GPS unit that can find people then point it at the bad guys from space. All they will see is a bright powerful light from the heavens falling down on them then bam! In a second or two the bad guy is totally on fire running around scream his head off. This should scare the sh*t out of ooooh everyone. Even more effective if NASA would to say, we have no idea where such a power light could have come from, but something sure does like those bad guys….
I think peace would arrive in the middle east shortly after that, then we could turn it toward the depths of space.

RE: sad
By noirsoft on 5/15/2007 2:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
And, it can double as the world's largest popcorn popper.

(Yes, that is a "Real Genius" reference)

RE: sad
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 5/15/2007 4:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
wow, that's a flash back.

RE: sad
By mezman on 5/15/07, Rating: 0
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