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Astronomers say we must save the Hubble

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / February 27, 2005 5:46 AM PST
Keep our eye in sky open.

>>In 1976, another president zeroed-out the funding for what was then called the Large Space Telescope, but Congress thought better of it, and the Hubble was launched. Now a tally of the costs and the benefits clearly support keeping Hubble operational. It's time for Congress to act again.<<

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Of course they do...
by Edward ODaniel / February 27, 2005 7:11 AM PST

just like you do regarding various research grants.

Their livlihood depends on it and they are comfortable where they are.

Every feasability study (peer evaluated mind you) has determined that such is not cost effective nor feasible.

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Teachers want more money
by Jerry562 / February 27, 2005 8:43 AM PST

in education, Police want more funding for law enforcement, NASA would like to have the blank check again, the Governor of Alaska got two billion dollars to study the Northern Lights and he would like to do that again.

What surprises you here?

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As far as I'm concerned the only scientists in a position to
by Ziks511 / February 27, 2005 9:11 AM PST

decide on the fate of the Hubble are Astronomers, otherwise its just infighting for funding for other sciences. If a majority of Astronomers are in favor then it should be fixed and its orbit stabilized. Nobody ever got rich or even particularly famous being an astronomer even though they have generated enormous knowledge and their run-off knowledge has generated by products in the computer and imaging areas.

Rob Boyter

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So the fox should be in charge of the henhouse?
by Jerry562 / February 27, 2005 6:58 PM PST

Should the Police be able to write there own budget too? After all they should know what we need in that line, and they provide a valuable service too.

How about firefighters? Valuable service and they have superior knowledge of what's needed to fight fires.

It doesn't work that way, money is always a factor and the receiver of such funds usually has a different opinion than the sender.

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I think they may put up another telescope
by Dragon / February 27, 2005 12:06 PM PST

with the "...'distributed optics' arrangement". It would be lighter, quicker , less expensive, and produce better pics.

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(NT) (NT) Indeed -- but the new one is at least a decade away.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / February 27, 2005 1:25 PM PST
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That is a situation to be hoped and prayed for but its not
by Ziks511 / February 27, 2005 1:31 PM PST

going to happen quick. Why not make sure you have the Hubble functioning until the new one goes up? and just in case there's a screw up on the launch of the new one....

Rob Boyter

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Of course they do ...
by Evie / February 27, 2005 7:56 PM PST

... and every scientist on the government payroll feels the same about their projects. The astronomers have failed to make the case for Hubbell over other projects.

Evie Happy

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