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Hubble Successor Gathers Support

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Science  21 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5269, pp. 1735
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5269.1735a


NASA scientists have unfurled a blueprint for an ambitious new project: a $500 million successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will peer in the infrared back to the early stages of galaxy formation. The NASA team has proposed an 8-meter reflector made of eight thin segments, which unfold like petals of a flower once in space. The proposal is being enthusiastically endorsed by astronomers, but it has many hurdles to clear before it flies.