Nasa to save Hubble telescope...

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  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, they keep going back and forth on this one, manned mission, robotic mission, manned mission, robot mission...

    Glad to see they've decided on something - even though its a bit odd looking
     
  2. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Good news. Though with the cost of 1 to 1.5 billion dollars, I wonder what the Hubble would cost to replace and launch with a new and improved one.
     
  3. Converted2Truth macrumors 6502a

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    I bet this pisses Bush off. He's pushing for Mars all the way. If he'd play doom3 all the way through, maybe he'd think twice!

    I actually heard that the reason the Hubble was not top priority now was because there are better telescopes around now, that don't have to leave earth. But this thing's an antique! I say we save it anyway.
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    That's good. From what I know the Hubble has been invaluable, and is still of good use to us. Of course it should be saved!
     
  5. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    wait a second.... they're still launching the new one in a few years, right...?
     
  6. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    Good to hear, but they didn't capitalize NASA, only the N.

    It's called National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a reason.
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Good point. It cost 1.5 billion (14 years or so ago) to launch the first one; presumably one launched now wouldn't require the $700M add-on mission to fix the mirror that the first one did.
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah - even the link on the URL to NASA lists it as "Nasa". Crazy Brits! ;)
     
  9. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Correct.

    However, Hubble *has* been invaluable... and they wanted just to destroy it (by steering it into the atmosphere and letting it burn up). Thank goodness they're saving it.

    I'll buy it!



    Oh wait... can't afford it.
     
  10. wdlove macrumors P6

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    This is good news. I just hope that it leads to a real plan and the funding from Congress. The timing for Dextrous won't leave much room for error.

    If the planned mission is for 2007 then it needs to occur. Hopefully there is leeway in the 2008 deadline of Hubble without repair.
     
  11. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    And that is also if the robert works as hoped also.

    All this is really making Hubble II sound like a better idea.
     
  12. srobert macrumors 68020

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    Was'nt this robot (Dextre) intended to be used on the international Space Station in the first place? If yes, that might not really be an extra 1.6 billion $ bill but simply making good use of the ressources they would have had anyway. But I wonder how they're gonna bring this thing to Hubble. Last time I checked, this robot was made to be anchored at the end of a bigger robotic arm like Canadarm 2 on the ISS. To me this whole mission sounds like it's gonna be a "robotic-manned-mission" (Dextre attached to robotic arm in the cargo bay of the space shuttle) which does'nt make much sence does'nt it? Also, aren't NASA planning to have the shuttles returned to flight at a date prior to the servicing of Hubble? Well, I guess they still are at the planning phase.
     
  13. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    My understanding of the situation was that-
    1. Hubble, while a great telescope of its time, is no long in its time.

    2. The current time is about telescopes that can be build for a fraction of the cost, here on earth, have a better view (and not just visual*) of the sky, as well as having a far cheaper repair rate.

    3. It would be more cost effective in the long run, and compared to other telescopes on the ground, to just build a whole new one, than to try and keep Hubble up to date and in proper repair.

    But public cry hasn't seen all these facts, and thinks that NASA is just throwing away an expensive telescope for the helluv it :(

    Yeah, I love Hubble too, I grew up loving space and wrote many a middleschool/high school papers on it. But we have pictures (with it and of it) and that's the best we can do aside from let it drift into space instead of earth (and I'm all for that).

    My information comes from a Science magazine I subscribe too. If anyone wants numbers I may be persuaded to come back and post them (finical figures, key points, and what Astronomers think of Hubble's current purpose).

    Tyler


    *I'm aware that there are some forms or "viewing" and detecting that can best be done (or only be done) from space, because of the atmosphere. That said, it would be better in the long run to just build a new Hubble, that would be more powerful and better suited for the task, and would be cheaper.
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    LOL. That's too funny.
     
  15. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Looks like this thread might have been premature:

    http://www.wired.com/news/space/0,2697,64559,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

     
  16. MacFan26 macrumors 65816

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    Hm, so do we believe the BBC, or Wired? Either way, I hope they save it. Maybe if there's a sudden surge in "Save the Hubble" t-shirts from CafePress they'll do it ;) I'm just looking forward to the Mercury mission, that we won't see the results from for about another ten years :(
     
  17. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    hmmmm, makes you wonder about how the story was leaked to CNN, Space.com, etc. about the robot mission.

    Is NASA playing a game and just delaying things so that at some point it will get so bad that they can't fix it with a robot or Shuttle Mission?

    D
     
  18. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    O'Keefe needs to go. He seems nothing more than a puppet for whom ever he trying to gain favor from.
     
  19. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    And it couldn't be that the big wigs at Nasa have a higher IQ than everyone posting in this thread combined, and perhaps they are making decisions based on knowing all the facts, instead of what we are being fed by the media?
    Just a question :)

    Tyler
     
  20. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I dunno.. that's purdy high..
     
  21. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The engineers? Maybe (but higher than the average here - maybe - not the combined IQ). I dated someone working at NASA now (17 years ago - crap, has it been that long?), and I can assure you that she's not above the average here.

    The big wigs? No. They're political. Really good engineers typically make crappy managers, esp. high-level managers. Any NASA big-wigs are more socially adept than smart.
     
  22. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    To be honest, I think O'Keefe is a government wonk that wants to hold on to a plush job at what ever the cost. He does more flip-flops than Kerry (this coming from a Kerry supporter).
     
  23. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Beyond that are you talking about the same people that could make a difference between feet and meters? Or the same ones that required to correct for a mirror issue?

    If we are to rely on these same people for targeting of nukes, we might be looking at Cleveland being a glass bead right now.
     
  24. sonyrules macrumors regular

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    Well, Saving it would be cool, IF not, Put it in a space exhibit or something, destroying it would be like losing a piece of history
     

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