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James Webb Space Telescope

NASA moves forward with plans to build the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, named in honor of NASA's second administrator James Webb. The new telescope is scheduled for launch in 2010 aboard an expendable launch vehicle, and will travel 940,000 miles or 1.5 million kilometers in space for about three months before reaching its destination at the second Lagrange Point or L2.

More: NASA - NASA Announces Contract for Next-Generation Space Telescope Named After Space Pioneer

Link: NASA - James Webb Space Telescope mission page

Link: NASA - James E. Webb biography