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Old March 1st 05, 12:45 AM
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Goodbye Hubble. you served us well. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is
doomed to reenter the earth's atmosphere on a Kamikaze mission a few years
hence. Its fate was sealed in the FY06 budget just sent to Congress. I can
yada yada over its history and potential and historic findings, but the
point of this blog is a question: "Do we actually know what we're doing
here?" The answer is strikingly simple but all too familiar - probably not.
We are taking an instrument of historic value - a national treasure - and
throwing it away like so much rubbish that has the potential to serve for
many years or even decades in the future. The HST discovered so incredibly
much in its relatively short life (compare its life to the great telescope
at Palomar where its namesake did so much of his pioneering work.) The
corporate whine is that it is just too expensive to keep it in service.
Okay - it is expensive - but I would strongly argue with "too expensive".
The fact is, everything is expensive. We are almost certainly making a
mistake. The very day HST is gone we will go back to astronomical myopia.
The decision to scrap the HST is like saying that we as a human species no
longer need our glasses and we are quite content to be nearsighted. That,
of course is patent foolishness and is, in fact, idiotic. And yet, alas, we
have decided: we don't need no stinking glasses. The last moron that said
that was hit by a bus.

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Old March 1st 05, 01:16 AM
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On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 19:45:25 -0500, "a" wrote:

Goodbye Hubble. you served us well. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is
doomed to reenter the earth's atmosphere on a Kamikaze mission a few years
hence. Its fate was sealed in the FY06 budget just sent to Congress. I can
yada yada over its history and potential and historic findings, but the
point of this blog is a question: "Do we actually know what we're doing
here?" The answer is strikingly simple but all too familiar - probably not.
We are taking an instrument of historic value - a national treasure - and
throwing it away like so much rubbish that has the potential to serve for
many years or even decades in the future. The HST discovered so incredibly
much in its relatively short life (compare its life to the great telescope
at Palomar where its namesake did so much of his pioneering work.) The
corporate whine is that it is just too expensive to keep it in service.
Okay - it is expensive - but I would strongly argue with "too expensive".
The fact is, everything is expensive. We are almost certainly making a
mistake. The very day HST is gone we will go back to astronomical myopia.
The decision to scrap the HST is like saying that we as a human species no
longer need our glasses and we are quite content to be nearsighted. That,
of course is patent foolishness and is, in fact, idiotic. And yet, alas, we
have decided: we don't need no stinking glasses. The last moron that said
that was hit by a bus.

===========
From Dennis Chamberland's Blog Quantum Limit
http://QuantumLimit.com

The Ultimate Mars Colony
http://MarsWars.com



There once was a 'scope called the Hubble,
When launched t'was already in trouble.
The end of the Shuttle,
Has led to its scuttle.
It soon will be nothing but rubble.



Rusty
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Old March 1st 05, 01:24 AM
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"Rusty" wrote in message
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There once was a 'scope called the Hubble,
When launched t'was already in trouble.
The end of the Shuttle,
Has led to its scuttle.
It soon will be nothing but rubble.


LOL! Well done!


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not the fifteen GWB proposes.
Give NASA a real challenge



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Old March 1st 05, 01:32 AM
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In article ,
Rusty wrote:


There once was a 'scope called the Hubble,
When launched t'was already in trouble.
The end of the Shuttle,
Has led to its scuttle.
It soon will be nothing but rubble.



Rusty


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Old March 1st 05, 02:27 AM
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We don't _really_ need Hubble.

We can do better, and are. Both in orbit,
and on the ground. Astronomy will not be
seriously impared by Hubble's demise.

But an updated Hubble using that leftover
mirror and updated instruments/systems could
probably be kept rather busy. Launch it on
whatever unmanned rocket and keep options
open for future servicing.

Hubble is dying after having served us so well;
time to put our efforts into a replacement.

--Damon
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Old March 1st 05, 04:31 AM
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On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:27:42 -0600, Damon Hill
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We don't _really_ need Hubble.


...You go to Hell. You go to Hell and you *die* :-P

OM

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Old March 1st 05, 04:35 AM
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On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 17:16:29 -0800, Rusty
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There once was a 'scope called the Hubble,
When launched t'was already in trouble.
The end of the Shuttle,
Has led to its scuttle.
It soon will be nothing but rubble.


....Oh great. Now Rusty thinks he's Pat.

OM

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Old March 1st 05, 05:16 AM
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OM [email protected]_blessed_lady_mary_of_the_holy_NASA_researc h_facility.org wrote
in :

On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:27:42 -0600, Damon Hill
wrote:

We don't _really_ need Hubble.


..You go to Hell. You go to Hell and you *die* :-P


Eh, what's your problem? That was uncalled for, sir.

Try it again in 24 hours when you're sober and civil.

--Damon I have more respect for you than that.

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Old March 1st 05, 05:50 AM
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On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 23:16:05 -0600, Damon Hill
wrote:

OM [email protected]_blessed_lady_mary_of_the_holy_NASA_researc h_facility.org wrote
in :

On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:27:42 -0600, Damon Hill
wrote:

We don't _really_ need Hubble.


..You go to Hell. You go to Hell and you *die* :-P


Eh, what's your problem? That was uncalled for, sir.


....Pat? You want to clue Damon in on this quote? :-)

OM

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his country. He won it by making the other | Sergeant-At-Arms
poor dumb ******* die for his country." | Human O-Ring Society

- General George S. Patton, Jr
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Old March 1st 05, 06:27 AM
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OM [email protected]_blessed_lady_mary_of_the_holy_NASA_researc h_facility.org
wrote in :

On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 23:16:05 -0600, Damon Hill
wrote:

OM [email protected]_blessed_lady_mary_of_the_holy_NASA_researc h_facility.org
wrote in :

On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:27:42 -0600, Damon Hill
wrote:

We don't _really_ need Hubble.

..You go to Hell. You go to Hell and you *die* :-P


Eh, what's your problem? That was uncalled for, sir.


...Pat? You want to clue Damon in on this quote? :-)


Please do.

Damon, the usually clueless
 




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