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News Release 266 of 938

February 15, 2008 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-12

STScI Astronomers to Head Two Studies of Next Generation Astronomy Missions

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Image: Artist's Rendition of Possible ATLAS Telescope Design

Artist's Rendition of Possible ATLAS Telescope DesignSTScI-PRC2008-12 Artist's Concept

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This is an artist's illustration of one of the possible designs for the Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAS Telescope), which will have more than 40 times the sensitivity of the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope would have a primary mirror that could be as large as 16 meters in diameter, and could be carried aboard NASA's planned Ares V heavy-lift launch vehicle. The telescope would be located 1 million miles away at a gravitational balancing point in space called L2, where the James Webb Space Telescope will be perched when it is launched in 2013.

Image Type: Artwork

Credit: NASA, J. Frassanito & Associates, Inc., and the Future In-Space Operations Working Group, and STScI