A weenie telescope past Saturn may be better than a beefy one near Earth

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Dozens of space-based telescopes operate near Earth and provide stunning images of the universe. But imagine a telescope far away in the outer solar system, 10 or even 100 hours farther from the Sun than the Earth. The ability to look back at our solar system or their contemporaries into the darkness of the distant cosmos would make this a very powerful scientific tool.

I am an astrophysicist expert who studies the formation of structures in the universe. Since the 1960s, scientists like me have been debating the important scientific questions that we could answer with a telescope embedded in the outer solar system.

So what would such a mission be like? And what science could be done?