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NASA Space Science

What Will NASA Do With Its Gifted Spy 'Scopes? 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the regift-them-to-spacex dept.
astroengine writes "NASA has begun surveying scientists on what they would like to do with two Hubble-class space telescopes donated to the civilian space agency by its secretive sibling, the National Reconnaissance Office — which operates the nation's spy satellites. But the gifts have some formidable strings attached, including costs to develop instruments and launch the observatories. The telescopes, though declassified, also are subject to export regulations. 'We need to retain possession and control,' NASA's astrophysics division director Paul Hertz told Discovery News. 'That doesn't preclude us from partnering (with other countries). It just sets boundaries on the nature of the partnership.' NASA also isn't allowed to use the telescopes for any Earth-observing missions. Topping the list of possible missions for the donor hardware is a remake of NASA's planned Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, known as WFIRST. The mission, estimated to cost between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, is intended to answer questions about dark energy, a relatively recently discovered phenomenon that is believed to be speeding up the universe's rate of expansion."
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What Will NASA Do With Its Gifted Spy 'Scopes?

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  • by TheAngryMob (49125) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @01:50PM (#42107643) Homepage

    Just point them at key members' of Congress' homes for a while. Then, when budget reviews come up, NASA simply goes to Congress with a thumb drive. "We need funding for a new Mars mission, Senator. If not, we'll have to start selling some of these picture-filled drives to the public to offset the costs. Wouldn't it be a damn shame if certain images of that high school cheerleading squad coming and going from your house at all hours of the night were to...accidentally...end up on the Internet? That would be a damn, criminal, shame...wouldn't it, Senator?"

  • by NettiWelho (1147351) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @02:05PM (#42107819)

    Just point them at key members' of Congress' homes for a while. Then, when budget reviews come up, NASA simply goes to Congress with a thumb drive. "We need funding for a new Mars mission, Senator. If not, we'll have to start selling some of these picture-filled drives to the public to offset the costs. Wouldn't it be a damn shame if certain images of that high school cheerleading squad coming and going from your house at all hours of the night were to...accidentally...end up on the Internet? That would be a damn, criminal, shame...wouldn't it, Senator?"

    >Coming up on 10 o'clock news: A senior NASA official died today in a strange car accident...

  • Re:Thoughts (Score:5, Funny)

    by Dins (2538550) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @02:13PM (#42107913)
    Citizen #312374213 we've noticed a suspicious looking mole on your left upper thigh. You might want to get that checked out...
  • Re:Thoughts (Score:5, Funny)

    by squiggleslash (241428) on Tuesday November 27, 2012 @02:15PM (#42107931) Homepage Journal
    Even worse, NASA only got these telescopes because someone accidentally mistyped "NSA" on the PO...

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