Heavy-lift launch vehicles of the type many believe will be a part of President Barack Obama’s long-awaited space policy — and in-space assembly techniques based on lessons from the Hubble Space Telescope — could enable NASA to deploy telescopes large enough to answer the eternal question “Are we alone?” in the coming decades. Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and John Grunsfeld, his newly named deputy and a three-time Hubble-servicing astronaut, ...


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