A New Call To Build A Massive Alien-Seeking Space Telescope
By Eric Mack
With the Hubble Space Telescope aging and Kepler crippled, leading astronomers are mounting a new push for the construction of a telescope so huge that it may need to be constructed by astronauts in space rather than being launched aboard a single rocket.
The Advanced Technologies Large Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) is a concept for a space telescope with a mirror as large as 20 meters across — nearly ten times that of Hubble’s primary mirror — that NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute and others have been developing for several years now. But the project has taken a backseat to the next generation James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch as soon as 2018.
Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester and President of the Royal Astronomical Society says that at long last, it’s time to get moving on ATLAST. read more >>