A mirror inspection of the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2018. Credit: NASA/David Higginbotham


Commercial Space to Smash the Astronomy 'Funding Wall'?

Published On 08/08/2016
6:33 PM EDT
The Hubble Space Telescope is still operational after more than 25 years in space, but it won't last forever. The telescope was designed to be serviced by the now-defunct space shuttle program. | Credit: NASA
NASA is trying to learn more about the universe to, in part, figure out the conditions for breeding life. At left is an artist's conception of Earth, compared with an artist's conception of the faraway Kepler-452b (a rocky planet bigger than Earth). | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle