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> --- In email@example.com, "Amy Harlib"
> <aharlib@e...> wrote:
> > aharlib@e...
> > Maybe some of you science buffs, nature lovers and science
> > would be interested. As you
> > may know, NASA has decided to abandon the Hubble Space Station
> > do any more repairs. It's expected to decay within a very short
> > A friend, from another list, a physics major at UCSC, forwarded
> this link
> > to a petition to save the Hubble. I already signed.
> Is it me or was that thing seemingly jinxed from the start?
> It does seem ironic in view of Bush's "commitment" to going to
> and the Moon.
It's you. The "jinx" was entirely predictable given the cause, and
the fact that the same lack of vision in the bean-counting has
resulted in much the same result in other space projects.
Bush has made no commitment to going to the Moon or Mars. He just
said, like his dad did back in the late Eighties, that it would be a
good idea. I agree with his statement, but probably have more to
back me up than he does. NASA lost points with me by publically
stating yesterday that they could go back to the moon "cheaper than
last time". Like we actually have the hardware, knowledge or even
the notes from the last time. Since project Apollo was a government
one, the participating manufacturers were compelled by law to
destroy all records of their work after a certain time. There was no
centralised effort to keep copies, since the fabrication techniques
were private property of the companies involved, and no-one cared
any more. This was reported (again, in the late Eighties) in Omni
magazine. No-one noticed.
The hubble isn't about to fall out of the sky, by the way.
Its "immenent" demise will be some three years or so in our future
(I should be so lucky to have that long a working life guaranteed).
I don't want the funding pulled either, by the way, but if we are
going to save the thing we have to demonstrate that we listen to
what the operators of it actually are saying, otherwise we run the
risk of being dismissed as ephemeral Trek-Tekkers.
While I am at this place, how many of you actually go to the hubble
part of the NASA website and look at the free pictures of the
greatest show ever made?