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NASA has committed $3 billion for a new space telescope powerful enough to discover planets like Earth and even signs of alien life. The New Worlds Observer will be able to identify planetary features like oceans, continents, polar caps and cloud banks and even detect biomarkers (image) like methane, oxygen and water if they exist.
Originally posted by bubbles75
they take millions of pictures and publish a handful.
Originally posted by jra
As for the new telescope, it sounds great. Although I wouldn't expect much in terms of visual detail due to the extreme distance.