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The Hubble Space Telescope is incredible and has done some truly remarkable science, but it's getting old. After all, it was launched in 1990. Taking its place is the James Webb Space Telescope, an $US8 billion-plus experiment that was scheduled to launch in October 2018.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

The Hubble Space Telescope is incredible and has done some truly remarkable science, but it's getting old. After all, it was launched in 1990. Taking its place is the James Webb Space Telescope, an $US8 billion-plus experiment that was scheduled to launch in October 2018.