Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hubble to be saved

Nerds of the world rejoice-- Hubble will be saved

5 Comments:

Blogger finou said...

Yea! go Hubble! kick some space craft butt!

11/02/2006 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous zana said...

huh... prolly a bad sign that my first thought was "born again Hubble"?

11/03/2006 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Yes, but at what cost? What is NASA killing/underfunding to save Hubble, and what are the scientific trade-offs in doing so?

11/07/2006 12:14:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Even before this decision, there were other very large expenses (Shuttle return to flight, ISS, JWST, VSE) that were already causing big cuts for other science at NASA.

Yes, HST is expensive, but it's not obvious where that money will come from. So I'm not sure whether this will be a net plus or minus for science in the long run.

11/07/2006 02:48:00 AM  
Blogger Qian said...

Hubble has great PR value for NASA and astronomy apart from its scientific value, though. Nothing makes the tax-paying public feel better about spending on science than some killer pictures that can be used as desktop backgrounds.

11/07/2006 11:48:00 AM  

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