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Hubble Successor Finds Builder and New Name

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1978-1979
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1978

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The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope passed a major milestone last week when NASA announced that the company TRW in Redondo Beach, California, will lead construction of the $1.8 billion observatory. But NASA broke with tradition by naming the scope not after a pioneering scientist but after a former NASA administrator.