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AZoOptics (07-20-2016). NASA to Develop Highly Sophisticated Laboratory Tool to Assure Ultra-Stable Space Telescopes AZoOptics News

Christopher Crockett (04-30-2016). New telescopes will search for signs of life on distant planets Science News Magazine

Maddie Stone (01-10-2016). Astronomers Want to Build A Forty Foot Space Telescope to Find the Next Earth Gizmodo

Zach Rosenberg (01-08-2016). Hubble's Great Grandchild Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine

Corey S. Powell (10-07-2015). How to Build the Machine That Will Find Another Living Earth Discover Magazine, 'Out There'

SPIE Newsroom (10-05 2015). A high-definition space telescope for the 2030s

David Dickinson (07-21-2015). High Definition Space Telescope — Hubble’s Successor? Sky & Telescope

Dennis Overbye (07-13-2015). The Telescope of the 2030s. The New York Times.

Calia Cofield (07-08-2015). Powerful Space Telescope Would Scan Alien Planets for Signs of Life

Miriam Kramer (07-07-2015). Neil deGrasse Tyson joins push for new planet-hunting space telescope. Mashable.

Brooks Hays (07-07-2015). Astronomers call on peers to dream up deep-space telescope of the future. United Press International.

John Timmer (07-07-2015). What’s after Webb? Maybe a 12-meter space telescope. Ars Technica.

Sarah Fecht (07-07-2015). Huge, Alien-Hunting Telescope Could Become Hubble's Successor. Popular Science.

James Urton (07-07-2015). In a cosmic 'call to arms,' astronomer proposes new deep-space telescope to scan the sky for signs of life.

Mario Livio (07-06-2015). A Bold Future Telescope Proposed for Space Astronomy. The Huffington Post.

Devin Coldewey (07-06-2015). Planned HDST Satellite Would Snap High-Def Pics a Million Miles From Earth.

Amy Nordrum (07-06-2015). Astronomers And Astrophysicists Want A Giant New Space Telescope To Replace Hubble And Find Life Elsewhere In the Universe – And It Will Only Cost $9B. International Business Times.

Loren Grush (07-06-2015). Astronomy group proposes hi-def space telescope for spotting Earth-like planets. The Verge.

Alexandra Witze (07-06-2015). Astronomers propose giant space telescope to replace Hubble. Nature Publishing Group.

Daniel Clery (07-06-2015). Astronomers offer vision of the next giant space telescope. Science/AAAS - News.

Free-i-News (07-06-2015). A Bold Future Telescope Proposed for Space Astronomy. Congoo News.


Astronomers Envision a 'High-Definition Hubble' to Look for Life Beyond Earth 

07-06-2015: A new study issued today by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), based in Washington, D.C., describes a visionary, innovative, and revolutionary path forward to answering some of humanity's most compelling unanswered questions such as: Are we alone in the Universe? Are other Earth-like worlds common? Do any have signs of life? How did life emerge from a lifeless cosmic beginning? These questions are considered game-changers in our understanding of our place in the cosmos. AURA's report "From Cosmic Birth to Living Earths: The Future of UVOIR Space Astronomy" describes the scientific and technological case for building a High-Definition Space Telescope (HDST) observatory to view the universe with five times greater sharpness than the Hubble Space Telescope can achieve, and as much as 100 times more sensitivity than Hubble to extraordinarily faint starlight. These powerful capabilities would allow the HDST to look for signs of life on an estimated several dozen Earth-like planets in our stellar neighborhood. It could provide the first observational evidence for life beyond Earth.
The AURA report is being presented during talks today at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. View AURA's report.