NASA Unveils Hubble's Successor
May 15, 2007 10:18 AM
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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: What hubble successor?
5/16/2007 9:55:15 AM
however, if it has a mirror, it can operate in our visible light spectrum.
Not true. Telescope mirrors are specialized, not the same as your bathroom mirror. It's the coating on the glass that gives its spectrum viewing capacity. Certain coatings are better than others in a particular spectrum. Unfortunately, there is no "one-size-fits-all" coating. Aluminum preforms well in the visible spectrum, but does not reflect IR or UV very well. If I remember correctly, gold reflects IR the best, so if that's the intended application, the mirror most likely will be coated with gold.
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