When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 (and after its design flaws were corrected in 1993), it gave mankind our first really sharp images of what’s out there in deep space. The pictures it has sent back in the years since have been nothing short of spectacular.
Now NASA is preparing the successor to the Hubble — the James Webb Space Telescope. The Webb Telescope uses an advanced multi-mirror design that can be finely calibrated to produce images six times more clear than Hubble could provide.
Tests are underway, but the finished product won’t launch until 2013. I can hardly wait.