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What most people do not realize is that many ground based scopes already produce better images than Hubble does, and their cost is far less than that of space-based scopes, or building a scope on the moon. For instance: http://www.keckobservatory.org/Well that's like decades away before a astronomer colony will happen on the moon or mars. But it is the way to go for sure, atmosphere itself has enough distortions and noises. And linking humans together is more important on Earth.
And just wait until this baby comes on line (projected to be 2024) - https://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt/ Nothing on the ground will be able to compare to this one, and it will also put many space-based scopes to shame with its image quality and observing abilities.Adaptive optics technology can be seen on the ground-based Giant Magellan Telescope that’s slated for completion in 2021. Remarkably, with mirrors constructed by the University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, the ground-based GMT will have ten times the resolving power of space-based Hubble.
For the projected e-elt cost, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremely_Large_Telescope the funding for the JWST would have built approximately ten e-elts.
Personally, I think it shows that people simply do not understand ground-based astronomy to say that space-based astronomy will surpass it now, or perhaps at any time in the future.
EDIT: But Musky and SpaceX with Starlink are proceeding at a rapid pace to
eff that all up in the name of a BS commercial adventure that will not bring internet to those who cannot afford it.