Next-Generation Hubble Telescope Might Probably Seek Out Alien Life

April 16, 2015 8:22 PM

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The famous Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 this month, and getting the ball rolling on a life-hunting successor instrument would be a fitting birthday gift, a renowned scientist contends.

Hubble — a joint venture of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), launched on board the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Spacewalking astronauts fixed a major problem with the telescope’s optics in 1993, and Hubble has been transforming cosmologists’ understanding of the universe — and...

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