In the quest to look for extraterrestrial life, scientists are making way for a much advanced version of the Hubble Telescope. The new telescope is expected to be five times bigger and a 100 times more sensitive than the current telescopes NASA is using. However detailed descriptions of the new mysterious prototype are yet to be unveiled. It is estimated to cost a staggering 9 billion to construct, however once complete the high definition telescope may complete revolutionize the way we view space, opening up multiple windows into uncharted territories.
The Hubble telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, and remains in operation. With a 2.4-meter mirror, it’s four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra. Named after Edwin Hubble, it has served stargazers and astronomers brilliantly, so far, but the time is ripe for scientists to upgrade their systems, so they would meet scientists’ demands.
NASA has already been upgrading itself for investigation into the deep realms of the Universe. We might just be closer to stumbling upon Superman’s far away planet Krypton.
The space lens that has been designed by scientists for future space explorations has to overcome the technical abilities of the Hubble Telescope. For that matter, the telescope of the 2030s will be five times bigger and 100 times more accurate than Hubble.
Scientists will embed a 40-feet wide mirror on the mechanism and will program it to orbit the Sun at a much closer distance. The telescope of the 2030s will orbit at million miles away from the Earth, taking high definition images of its surroundings.
So far, researchers have been unable to examine the structure and the evolution of smaller galaxies, but the telescope of the future will shed light on many of these mysteries. It may be too early to make assumptions, but NASA experts hope they will get pictures of celestial objects that have a diameter of 300-light years.
The new program was developed by professors at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, which is responsible for many of the studies that the Hubble Telescope is conducting. According to Matt Mountain, the president of the association, the future initiatives that the administration will carry out are meant to establish whether alien populations really exist or not.
Mountain believes the project must begin now as NASA has all the resources to carry it through. Moreover, the production of a new telescope requires a lot of time; therefore, the sooner scientists begin manufacturing works, the better it will be.