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Physics Nobel Prize-winner John Mather: Our history, and our future, is in the stars

"Space is where we are looking for hints about where we, and the whole Earth, came from"

By John Mather  

The Hubble Telescope—Nasa’s upcoming James Webb Telescope will be even more powerful. Photo: NASA

When I first heard about humans and space, it was terrifying, because it was in the context of possible war between the USSR and US. But now I work for Nasa, at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, and I help design ways to measure the things in outer space, from nearby planets to the Big Bang itself. Space is where we are looking for hints about where we, and the whole Earth, came…

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