15 years of Hubble...

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Interesting...

_http://hubblesite.org/gallery/video/revelations/

_http://hubblesite.org/
 
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Thanks for that gameboy, very interesting. :-thumb1
 
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Yes, very interesting. I know a lot of people are very annoyed at the cancellation of the next service of Hubble, meaning it could become unsuable in a few years, where as servicing it would keep it alive much longer.

I think this is made even worse by Bush's big publicity (stunts?) about new space exploration and mad ideas like putting men on Mars and so on - he won't even fork out the money to maintain Hubble.

There's little publicity left in Hubble, it's old news in the eyes of the public and so it's being abandoned despite most people in the field thinking it could do much more in the future with just a bit more money.
 
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Manned space travel has always been "stunts", there's never been an attempt to "do it properly", it's been mostly politics!

As I understand it, earth based "adaptive optics" telescopes can now do at least some things that were previously impossible, so maybe the loss isn't too great, it could have been worse.
 
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spiney said:
Manned space travel has always been "stunts", there's never been an attempt to "do it properly", it's been mostly politics!

As I understand it, earth based "adaptive optics" telescopes can now do at least some things that were previously impossible, so maybe the loss isn't too great, it could have been worse.
Well if they wanted someone to go up there with a spanner, as long as the suit fits, I'd volunteer.

As for adaptive optics, it can only do so much, with the atmosphere as the molecules do work in unpredicatable ways at certain wavelengths.
Imagine if they started with adaptive optics on Hubble (and then the spotty youth in the IT department then gave the resolved pictures a once over in Photoshop)
 
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hmmm ... could start some new cosmological theories!
 
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