Beyond the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope is sending back pictures of space that are amazing this past week. Imagine we could have thousands of space telescopes that can see billions of times better. I’d like to share how in my video in three steps. NOTE – I was talking about how the $10 billion was spent…
Beyond the James Webb Space Telescope


The James Webb Space Telescope is sending back pictures of space that are amazing this past week.

Imagine we could have thousands of space telescopes that can see billions of times better. I’d like to share how in my video in three steps.

NOTE – I was talking about how the $10 billion was spent and assuming that at least another $10 billion will be spent. The Luvoir space telescopes are under serious consideration and are already talking about taking almost 20 years and over $10 billion. I am talking about how to spend some part of NASA $25-30B annual budget. Yes, there are other space telescope proposals. But they would not do nearly what gravitional lens scopes could do in terms of surveying the surface of exoplanets and possibly finding alien life. Sseveral would take about as long or longer and cost more.

LUVOIR-A (2039 estimate) folds so it only needs an 8-metre wide payload fairing. Initial cost estimates are approximately US$10 billion, with lifetime cost estimates of $18 billion to $24 billion. LUVOIR-B (2039) was designed to launch on a heavy-lift rocket with an industry-standard 5 metres (16 ft) diameter launch fairing. Lifetime cost estimates range from $12 billion to $18 billion. Luvoir could have 25 kilometer resolution of planet and moon surfaces WITHIN our own solar system. It could look at OUR OWN Jupiter and its moons in less detail than gravititional lensing could observe in other solar systems.

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