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A private Ax-1 astronaut will test making a liquid telescope mirror in space

Among the many experiments that crewmembers on the all-private Ax-1 mission will take part in during their one-week stay on the International Space Station is one that could help NASA build larger space telescopes than ever before.

The Fluidic Telescope Experiment (FLUTE) is a program designed to investigate using liquids to construct telescope lenses, which could be done in space itself after the material launched. If the technique proves possible, space telescopes could become much larger than currently possible — a great thing for astronomers, because the larger a telescope, the more powerful it is. 

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