The new telescope is expected to search for the first galaxies that formed in the early universe and hopefully give scientists information about the Big Bang and the Milky Way. It also should provide more information on the hundreds of newly discovered exoplanets.
"Sometime in the near future, people will be able to point to a star and say, 'that star has a planet like Earth,' " said Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at MIT. "Astronomers think it is very likely that every single star in our Milky Way galaxy has at least one planet."
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