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  1. #1 NASA Resumes Work on Shuttle Flight to Hubble 
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    NASA Resumes Work on Shuttle Flight to Hubble



    May 9, 2005 NASA's new chief, Michael D. Griffin, has told the Hubble servicing team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to resume preparations for a possible shuttle flight to upgrade the orbiting observatory. Although a decision on returning astronauts to Hubble won't be made until after at least two successful shuttle missions to the International Space Station, the telescope's prospects look better now than they have at any time since Griffin's predecessor, Sean O'Keefe, abruptly canceled Hubble servicing in January 2004 a decision that outraged astronomers, key members of Congress, and the public.

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    The Hubble has been serviced 4 times in 9 years. The lastest problem involves Hubbles' gyroscopes. Two of the six have failed, a third has been shut down due to vibrations and another is expected to die sometime around 2007. While it can work in a two scope mode, there is now consideration to attaching the deorbit module which would result in the Hubbles' splash down in the Pacific Ocean. Considering that the space telescope is roughly the size of a semi-trailer, it could mean the end of the telescope without being able to retrieve it.

    Either way, whether the gyroscope problem is fixed or not the Hubble is nearing its end. It is possible with more maintainace that it might last until 2010. However the rechargable batteries will have by that date died, with that will be the death of the electronics, the heart of the unit allowing it to do what it does so well.

    A technological wonder, it has surpassed already its life-expectancy and given us a port hole to peer into the universe. The fantastically detailed photos it has returned to us have been splashed across websites, magazines, and newspapers around the world. One can only look at those pictures and marvel at the complexities of the universe around us. Hail to a wonder of achievement!


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    They should just fix the thing, I blame Bush. He's too busy killing kids to worry about everything else. That's another topic however.


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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    They should just fix the thing, I blame Bush. He's too busy killing kids to worry about everything else. That's another topic however.
    No no, he's too busy vacationing on his ranch to be actually killing the kids himself.
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    I definetly think it would be way worth it to fix Hubble. The images that we get from it are just amazing and I think they offer an incredible insight into the Universe around us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke
    I definetly think it would be way worth it to fix Hubble. The images that we get from it are just amazing and I think they offer an incredible insight into the Universe around us.
    nasa is just a big rip-off 30 billion dollars for a photo of mars that does not give any insite into the universe all it is is a big rip-off and nasa will just keep sending out cameras here there and everywhere as long as they get their billions of dollars
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    nasa is just a big rip-off 30 billion dollars for a photo of mars that does not give any insite into the universe all it is is a big rip-off and nasa will just keep sending out cameras here there and everywhere as long as they get their billions of dollars
    This statement is so idiotic that I don't even know why I'm bothering to point it out.

    One. The 'pictures' that the public enjoy so much are the least of the datas sent back by the various space probes and whatnot.

    Two. Are you saying that the Hubble has not provided any insight into the structure and functioning of the universe? Are you that dense?

    Three. Nasa is going broke. There's plans in the works right now, for instance, to kill the voyager space probes... How ridiculous that thought is. I mean these things took 25 years or whatever to get out there to the boundary of Solar System and Space and now they're going to shut them off because it's deemed more worthy to line the pockets of Halliburton and Bush cronies and to fight idiotic endless wars with no clear goals than to devote the required money to the furthering of the exploration of space?
    What?

    The fact is that we humans have one chance of survival. One. To get off this planet before the sun goes nova. Or before a cataclysmic meteor strike. Or super-volcano. Or this that and the other thing.

    We must get off this planet. There is no choice involved. It must happen. MUST.

    Or we die. And all our works mean nothing. Nothing but candles in the wind.

    If we get off this rock. Leave our system. Colonize the galaxy. Colonize the universe. Then it was worth it. Otherwise, it's almost like we're not even here... in the grand scale of things.


    Oh. And it's pretty obvious that Zazzoom is just a troll. Or pissy because no one's taking his 'ideas' seriously. Why can't I follow the advice of “Don't feed the trolls”?
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    While I don't really want to take the subject to far out of line with the start there is one thing. I agree with invert_nexus in the idea we gotta shot to get off this ball and it can't begin too soon.

    If tomorrow finds a big ball of rock coming our way out of the sun it will be to late to have taken that one chance. Geologic formations and structures show it has happened and will likely happen again. If not that the idea we are rapidly consuming our resources needed for such efforts to get us off here is another hinderance and one I think will hit us far sooner than the massive meteor idea. Piled on top of it all is the idea that we may well face gobal disaster simply by being human and all that is the nature of a human to do. Namely build tools and alter our enviroment.

    No matter how it is looked at, all our eggs are in one basket, this place we call earth. Anything that really upsets the balance of that basket can well affect the human race. Before you go out there it is really nice to know the lay of the new territory. I would worry more about what is in the neighborhood that way is at the end of space in that sense. The end of space, no matter its configuration will wait till we get reasonably close. If disaster hits us first it won't matter then what our chances were before.
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    No matter how it is looked at, all our eggs are in one basket, this place we call earth.
    So how far do we need to go to escape a supernova?
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    So how far do we need to go to escape a supernova?
    Well put.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zazzzoom
    nasa is just a big rip-off 30 billion dollars for a photo of mars that does not give any insite into the universe all it is is a big rip-off and nasa will just keep sending out cameras here there and everywhere as long as they get their billions of dollars
    It's not the pictures of mars that amaze me, although Hubble as taken some of the best pics of mars.
    http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/new...eases/2001/24/
    That's a link from 2001.

    Take a look at some of these pics, and then tell me they are not amazing.
    http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/
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    The voyager space probes might be the only chance we have to find other civilizations. They can't shut them down!!! I don't think that the human race will actually exist when the Sun goes nova. With all the pollution, we'll die out in the next hundreds of years. Most people are so self centered that they dont see past their house walls. They don't realize how much there is still to be done, and how great and surprising the universe is. If only someone would invent a new way of space travel. It would start a whole new era of discoveries....people just sometimes dont understand the importance of all this.
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    nasa what a ripoff!

    all i ever get from them is a photo of a star or planet for what 30 billion dollars!

    nasa what a ripoff!
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    All you can do is critisize, zazzzoom. Try to look at things from another poibt of view for once!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flying_kiwi
    All you can do is critisize, zazzzoom. Try to look at things from another poibt of view for once!
    QUIT STEALING MY MONEY !

    you want billion dollars photos of the moon you pay for them
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    No one is forsing you to get billion dollar pics. :?
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    You know he does have a point.. We pay for the space program, and while taking pictures of dry-crusty-spheruled rocks all day is fun.. Perhaps the money and manpower would not be best spent on FINDING LIFE ON MARS?

    The bizzare twist is that the Labeled Release experiment tested positive for life in 1972? so.. I guess they want DNA? :P

    Either way, if NASA wants to stop bitching about lack of funding perhaps they could stop studying former lake beds, and start focusing on LIFE. Everyone always says, if NASA wanted more money they would PROVE LIFE to get more money, blah blah blah, yada yada..

    Fine, Then do it! :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by invert_nexus
    The fact is that we humans have one chance of survival. One. To get off this planet before the sun goes nova. Or before a cataclysmic meteor strike. Or super-volcano. Or this that and the other thing.

    We must get off this planet. There is no choice involved. It must happen. MUST.

    Or we die. And all our works mean nothing. Nothing but candles in the wind.
    The best argument I ever heard, invert. Very, very, well put.

    We certainly aren't likely to be around when the sun goes nova in something like 7bn years. But other catastrophes like those invert_nexus mentioned could happen at any time. The Earth has already suffered a number of major Extinction Events and there's nothing we can do about them.

    Quote Originally Posted by btimsah
    You know he does have a point.. We pay for the space program, and while taking pictures of dry-crusty-spheruled rocks all day is fun.. Perhaps the money and manpower would not be best spent on FINDING LIFE ON MARS?

    The bizzare twist is that the Labeled Release experiment tested positive for life in 1972? so.. I guess they want DNA?

    Either way, if NASA wants to stop bitching about lack of funding perhaps they could stop studying former lake beds, and start focusing on LIFE. Everyone always says, if NASA wanted more money they would PROVE LIFE to get more money, blah blah blah, yada yada..

    Fine, Then do it!
    You mean, they should fake it in order to guarantee their funding?
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    NASA has gone to the moon, put of hundereds of satellites that give us images of our own planet to help us preserve it and help ourselves determine many scientific things about ourselves. NASA has been in the process of developing a space station so that we can study long term effects on the human body in space to see what is needed to help human space exploration. You don't just put people out into space without understanding what will happen to them first.

    "Supernovae are exploding stars. They represent the very final stages of evolution for some stars. Supernovae, as celestial events, are huge releases of tremendous energy, as the star ceases to exist, with about 1020 times as much energy produced in the supernova explosion as our Sun releases every second. Our Sun, fortunately, will not end its life as a supernova.
    Currently, supernovae are only seen in galaxies other than the Milky Way."http://spider.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/vandyk/supernova.html

    That being said humans have millions of years to reach other planets in other areas of the universe. Let us remember that humans are just starting to learn about space so like an infant we must learn to crawl before we walk. In due time space travel will be as easy as flying planes today if we give the time and MONEY needed to do so.

    Remember that Earth is humans home and we therefore should fix its problems before we go to any other planet and pollute it and destroy it like we are doing here.



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