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NGST Aims for Big Advance by Going Back in Time

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Science  22 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5559, pp. 1449
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5559.1449

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The designers of the Next Generation Space Telescope expect the $1.3 billion instrument to greatly extend Hubble's vision. It should be able to peer back in time to first generations of stars and galaxies, and its sharp eyesight should spot individual stars in nearby galaxies. Their confidence remains unshaken after several years of daunting technical challenges, budget threats, and sometimes difficult negotiations among the U.S., European, and Canadian partners.