I didn't hear anything about this new telescope... Is it actually in orbit like Hubble? (And a replacement for it) Or is it ground-based?
It was finally launched last year (it was estimated to be launched in '06) and is the largest telescope to be launched outside of Earths orbit. It's main purpose is to search for exoplanets and gather information about them such as size, temperature, mass, suitability for life, and all that good data. I don't think 5 planets is too bad for its first year in the sky.
Just like most things lately in the space world it hasn't received much media attention. I guess there are more important things going on like people dieing and stuff.
Oh and it's not in orbit around the Earth but it's actually in a solar orbit trailing the Earth so that it stays as dark as possible.