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Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

by Joe Palca, NPR Minnesota Public Radio

The next generation of great space telescopes is heading into its final round of ground tests. The nearly $9 billion James Webb Space Telescope will replace the aging Hubble Space Telescope. It’s designed to provide unprecedented images of the earliest stars and galaxies that formed in the universe.

But before the telescope can get to work, there are still a lot of engineering challenges to overcome. Continue reading Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch