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Read an up-to-date survey of various new telescopes and systems, by Dennis Overbye of The New York Times (July 21, 2014).

Overbye discusses the funding, construction, and schedule for the E-ELT, the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the Thirty-Meter Telescope, as well as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. For space telescopes, he discusses the new Hubble-class satellites given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office, to be used in Wfirst-AFTA (he quotes David Spergel of Princeton as saying that “The good thing about Wfirst-AFTA is that there is no way that we will keep that name.” He winds up by discussing the case of the James Webb Space Telescope, due for launch in 2018, now on its revised budget and schedule, following its role as “the telescope that ate astronomy.”

Credit: Ball Aerospace

Credit: Ball Aerospace

Links: the NY Times article by Dennis Overbye.

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