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Huge, tennis-court sized telescope model on display in New York City

A life-size model of a huge new space observatory described as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is on display at the World Science Festival at New York City's Battery Park.

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A 1:1 replica of the James Webb Space Telescope is constructed in Battery Park in lower Manhattan. The 40-foot tall telescope is billed as the successor to the Hubble Telescope and is the centerpiece of the upcoming World Science Festival, which runs from June 2-6.

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A life-size model of a huge new space observatory billed as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is taking on the Big Apple this week at the World Science Festival.

The gigantic telescope model – roughly the size of a tennis court – will be on display at New York City's Battery Park from Tuesday through Sunday, June 6. The actual James Webb Space Telescope is slated to launch in 2014.

"The Webb is the world's next great space telescope, and is the scientific successor to the Hubble," said Sally Koris, spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman, the company contracted by NASA to build the telescope."

IN PICTURES: Images from the Hubble telescope

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