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Nobel laureates, Sen. Mikulski support Webb telescope funding

Three Nobel laureates joined Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski in Baltimore to support funding of the James Webb Space Telescope expected to launch in 2018.

The group appeared Wednesday before a replica of the instrument that has been on display outside the Maryland Science Center. The telescope is expected to replace the Hubble Space Telescope but go farther out into space.

Mikulski said the Senate is expected to pass a budget Tuesday containing $500 million to support the telescope, but a House budget doesn’t contain the funds.

Mikulski was joined by Johns Hopkins astronomer Adam Riess, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize in physics; 2006 winner John Mather of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; and 2002 winner and Johns Hopkins professor Riccardo Giacconi.