The Replacement for Hubble

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The James Webb Space Telescope

A few years behind schedule (and most likely over budget) this is not a direct replacement as it has more Infra Red detection equipment than optical, but will have the extra facility of compensation electronics and active shielding of certain parts of the mirror(s) - to search out the earliest origins of the universe.

http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/status.html
 

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Making those mirrors is an amazing feat in itself. There's some seriously clever people out there......
 

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Let's hope it's not out of focus like it was on the Hubble...
 

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The tennis court sized shield is folded and ready to go

 

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If it doesnt unfurl properly they can always send a MEV up with a giant toupee ;)
 
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