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What is the most powerful telescope in the world?

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The James Webb Space Telescope is said to be the most powerful telescope in the world as of 2014. However, NASA is already building the Advanced Telescope Large-Aperture Space Telescope, which is expected to be even more powerful.

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What is the most powerful telescope in the world?
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The James Webb Space Telescope, which is optimized for infrared observations, is scheduled to take flight in 2018. It is a product of 17 countries that have been working together since 1996. More than $3 billion have been spent on the project. The Advanced Telescope Large-Aperture Space Telescope, or Atlast, is set to become its successor. One of the Atlast's primary goals is to seek the presence of alien life.

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