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Hubble Space TelescopeFr Ted Crilly
Jan 20, 2004 9:48 PM
I just read this unfortunate news about the Hubble Space Telescope.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3405249.stm

Not wanting to sound callous, but isn't risk an inherent part of space travel? Letting a success like Hubble prematurely die because NASA doesn't want to risk sending the space shuttle to anywhere but the International Space Station seems plain stupid. If this attitude prevails in NASA does anyone really believe that man can get back to the moon and onto Mars?
risk-reward.dr hoo
Jan 21, 2004 5:43 AM
This is being spun as a risk based decision, but I think the rewards of keeping it going are not that great in any case. A new and better scope is planned, which is mentioned at the end of your link. If THAT does not fly, then I would not be happy with cancelling the routine maintenance flight.

Oh, but wait, Bush people are saying we can put a telescope on the far side of the moon! Well, that makes it all right then.
risk-reward.Fr Ted Crilly
Jan 21, 2004 9:17 AM
From what I understand, the shuttle mission to the HST in 2005 was going to be more than just routine maintenance. Two new instruments, (Wide Field Camera 3 and the Cosmics Origin Spectrometer), would have significantly improved it's performance. Now the telescope will be left to die by 2008, perhaps earlier if more of it's positioning gyroscopes fail, (I believe two of the six are already useless).
Good point: routine and space don't go togetherdr hoo
Jan 21, 2004 9:31 AM
Thanks for the details. I know they put new stuff/upgrade every mission. When spending that kind of money they want to do more than wipe off the lens, so to speak.
why does it have to be NASA?mohair_chair
Jan 21, 2004 7:15 AM
I can see how the risk of fixing the Hubble outweighs the reward if there is a replacement for it, but I think it's a crime to let the Hubble go without that replacement in place.

If NASA doesn't want it, maybe someone else can take it. The Russians can put men up there to fix it, so let's just give it to them. It's better than letting it burn up.
Agree. I hope Canada goes up and hijacks it!Spunout
Jan 21, 2004 8:39 AM
Why not put it up for grabs instead of burning it up? Finish the current budget, then hand the controls over to anyone else who wants to pay for the next service mission and they get 4 more years of great look-see.
Another telescope plannedLO McDuff
Jan 21, 2004 7:18 AM
Full disclosure: A portion of my paycheck is indirectly tied to the Space Telescope project. That said, the senors in Hubble are becoming outdated. The new Webb telescope (Hmmmm.... "Webb Hubble" telescopes? -- another Clinton conspiracy!)will have better sensors and better optics.

The press release of the demise is bureaucratic positioning.