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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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Here's a good name for the successor..
By Link on 5/15/2007 4:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
NASA unveils Hubble's Successor, Bubble!

Seriously, how much did they spend trying to fix Hubble?




RE: Here's a good name for the successor..
By Ringold on 5/15/2007 10:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
With this launching so soon, I wonder why bother to continue to fix Hubble.. Free up some cash for any of the many other worthy projects that haven't survived the chopping block.


By theapparition on 5/16/2007 9:58:18 AM , Rating: 2
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With this launching so soon, I wonder why bother to continue to fix Hubble.

So all the scientist who use should just go on vacation for 6years until the planned launch?
What if the project gets cut? Are they SOL?


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