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BALTIMORE (AP) — A full-scale model of a telescope expected to replace the Hubble Space Telescope will be coming to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this month.

The Baltimore Sun reports that plans call for a model of the James Webb Space Telescope to be on public display from Oct. 14 to 18. The exhibit, weighing about 12,000 pounds, will coincide with an annual conference for science center directors.

The $8.7 billion Webb telescope is planned as the successor to the aging Hubble Space Telescope run by the Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute. Planned for a 2018 launch, the Webb telescope has been designed to fly 1 million miles from Earth to record observations and transmit the data back. It would be capable of seeing more stars and galaxies than the Hubble could.

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