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tedstryk
post Jan 31 2012, 04:32 PM
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That is really amazing, Machi. There are some other plans, such as the Russian-led World Space Observatory that would provide a 1.7m UV telescope (extending into the visible), but whether it will materialize is debatable.

It would be interesting to compare this to the coverage available from the ground.


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post Feb 1 2012, 03:34 PM
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"That is really amazing, Machi."

Thanks!

" There are some other plans, such as the Russian-led World Space Observatory that would provide a 1.7m UV telescope (extending into the visible), but whether it will materialize is debatable."

I know about WSO (World Space Observatory), afterall we talked about it some time ago on facebook, but I depicted only (future) missions with well known start date (only exception is JWST). I suppose that both near future russian's (international) missions (second is Spectrum-X-Gamma), will eventually fly and then I'll add them to the graphic.

"It would be interesting to compare this to the coverage available from the ground."

Yes, this would be interesting, and I plan to do so, but now I'm doing different kind of information graphic, more focused on our knowledge of the Solar system.


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post Jun 6 2012, 04:36 PM
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If the Daily Mail can be believed, two hubble class telescopes no longer needed for spy satelites are available for free to any scientist who can find 1000 million dollars to build a spacecraft to fly one of them in.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/art...used-place.html

These telescopes have a wider field of view than Hubble and so have uses beyond astronomy.

I would like to see one of these telescopes sent to Mars as part of a super MRO mission. I want to count the number of rocks greater than 1cm in size on the surface of Mars. laugh.gif
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post Jun 6 2012, 04:59 PM
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Yes, it's true, but better source is this:

Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics

You can found some info in "Past Meeting Presentations
June 4-6, 2012
Washington, DC"

One of 2.4 meter telescopes can be (probably) used as base for WFIRST.


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post Jun 9 2012, 01:48 AM
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post Jun 9 2012, 08:29 AM
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Just to be clear here. NASA is NOT having bake sales etc.
These events are public awareness efforts by members of the science community and other grassroots supporters.
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post Jun 9 2012, 04:01 PM
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There is a lot of excitement in the press about these two telescopes.

http://www.economist.com/node/21556553

http://news.yahoo.com/nro-gifts-nasa-two-s...-210900586.html

http://www.spacenews.com/commentaries/1206...telescopes.html

Unfortunately someone will have to sell a lot of cookies to find the money to make use of them. smile.gif
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post Jun 9 2012, 11:06 PM
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Hey, speaking of which, what happened to Triana? Still gathering dust? Last we heard they were thinking about making it a solar observatory (though hopefully not losing the blue marble camera).
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post Jun 15 2012, 12:51 PM
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QUOTE (PaulM @ Jun 9 2012, 10:01 AM) *
There is a lot of excitement in the press about these two telescopes.
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Any chance these could fly as a pair as a single interferometric mission? Perhaps to image (spectra, etceteras) Earth-size and smaller exoplanets?
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post Jun 15 2012, 02:11 PM
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I seriously doubt about that.
But I have very strong suspicion, that ITT already tried sold their 2.4 meters TMA to NASA. smile.gif
So maybe we have candidate for second telescope (WFIRST is candidate mission for first one) - HORUS.


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post Jun 16 2012, 12:58 AM
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