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Beyond Hubble: What's Next for Space Astronomy and Human Exploration

Presented by: Ray Villard (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes   Broadcast date: August 04, 2009
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The recent servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope was an outstanding success. When it resumes operation, the observatory will be at the height of its powers, with the greatest capacity for science it has ever had. However, as this was the final servicing mission, what's in store for the future of space astronomy? NASA is at a major transition from the Space Shuttle to the Constellation program. What science might be enabled? What new space astronomy missions are planned or proposed? How will these complement major ground-based telescopes planned for the next decade? Which telescopes are best suited to repeat Hubble's incredible success?