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Space Telescope, Teamwork Top Priority List for Next Decade

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Science  26 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5470, pp. 1310-1311
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5470.1310

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Last week the U.S. astronomy community issued a 164-page compendium of projects they would like to carry out over the next 10 years. The study, by a panel of the National Research Council, urges the government to spend $4.7 billion through 2010 on a new generation of ground- and space-based observatories, many to be built in partnership with other countries. Its top choice is the Next Generation Space Telescope, a proposed $1.3 billion observatory with a mirror nearly four times as large as that of the current Hubble Space Telescope.