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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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By Ringold on 5/15/2007 10:27:36 PM , Rating: 3
Indeed. They'd say we have no respect for international law, diplomacy, due process or anything else, just a desire to go and blast apart countries we don't like.

In doing so, they'd skim over entirely the UN and AU's abysmal failure to force the government of Sudan to lift a finger to stop the genocide. They'd say we should talk more in the UN first, use the UN to levy sanctions or whatnot. Guess what? The UN has been; they've resisted (like Iraq). The UN wanted to put troops on the ground, and now they've been given permission to, but guess what? The EU, first of all, has suddenly realized it doesn't have the military capacity to really do the job properly, and even if they did, Sudan's got them under heavy restrictions and if Sudan asked them to leave, they probably would (like the cowards did in Rwanda).

Yet if we said we were sick of Sudan's games and went in, guns blazing, and eradicated the Janjaweed (sp?) and all their ilk, even if we left in the style of the first Gulf War, we'd be villified by the left. They'd probably point at the oil fields in the other regions of Sudan, find some American contractor that's been there for decades, link together a million dots to link back to a Republican, and it'd all be over American Imperialism looking out for 'Big Oil'.

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