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New Space

The Big Idea for Thursday, June 13, 2013

After some members of Congress tried to cut its funding, the construction of the James Webb Telescope continues and is slated for launch in 2018. 

The space telescope promises to give us a peek into the origins of the universe, but that will be an expensive peek. However, in today's lesson, Ross Pomeroy describes how we might actually be getting much more than we bargained for. He writes:

"Attempting to do something that's never been done before is rarely easy. Such actions can, however, deliver astounding results." 


  1. 1 Dreaming of Galaxies. Here's to James Webb.
    Ross Pomeroy Experts' Corner
  2. 2 A-to-B Thinking Will Get Us Nowhere
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. 3 The Signs From Space We're Looking For
    Jill Tarter
  4. 4 What I Want to Learn About the Universe
    Joel Primack In Their Own Words

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