What is Next for the Big Bang Theory?

  • Continue collecting data with the Hubble Space Telescope until it stops functioning.
  • Improved Earth-based telescope technology will lead to enhanced earth-based data collecting; such as new optics, adaptive optics, and far-advanced computers and software.
  • Additional data with other orbital satellites : infrared, ultraviolet, gamma-ray, etc., such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) (potential launch in 2018).
 Image of the primary mirrors on NASA's next-generation space observatory telescope.
Public Domain | Image courtesy of NASA.