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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 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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