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Hubble Makes Millionth Observation

Unknown Lamer posted more than 3 years ago | from the not-bad-for-an-american-telescope dept.

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sfcrazy wrote in with an article about the Hubble telescope. From the article: "NASA's Hubble Space Telescope crossed another milestone in its space odyssey of exploration and discovery. On Monday, July 4, the Earth-orbiting observatory logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away."

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Hope it doesn't break again. (2)

jra (5600) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672016)

It'll be awfully hard to fix...

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672078)

>> It'll be awfully hard to fix...

I think you mean expensive.

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672118)

>> It'll be awfully hard to fix...

I think you mean expensive.

You should have been a blowjob.

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672494)

without a space shuttle? I'd go with hard

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (2)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672086)

Hubble has done a very good job and is getting old. The technology has been vastly improved since when Hubble was first put in space. That's why we can have a lot of different space based instruments now, whereas when Hubble was put up it was the primary one. When Hubble finally becomes too damaged for effective use, we will have many other instruments. We already have Spitzer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitzer_Space_Telescope [wikipedia.org] and will have the James Webb Telescope around 2018 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Webb_Telescope [wikipedia.org] . Webb will be able to image far fainter objects than Hubble and in far more detail. I'm not that worried about Hubble breaking. It has done a very good job and served humanity well.

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (1)

Crookdotter (1297179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36673772)

Will JWST be able to produce images that fire the imagination of the public like Hubble, being IR? The science will be better, sure, but it seems like the US needs prodding to fund space exploration which Hubble seemed to do by the bucketload.

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36674114)

Sure, they'll just colorize the IR photos like they do with most photos outside the visible spectrum.

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (1)

TheDarkNose (1613701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672088)

I assume they won't bother since it's being replaced soon(ish).

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672152)

Hmm... Can a Dragon module have a Canadarm2 mounted on it? I suppose they could build a special purpose trunk module with a Power Data Grapple Fixture on it, if they really needed to.

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672390)

I believe the the Hubble replacement is JWST. It's delayed completion date is 2018

Re:Hope it doesn't break again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672440)

Just outsource the mission to China like we do everything else. Then in a couple years we can just purchase pictures taken from the Chinese knockoff telescope.

frontline soldiers (0)

KingBenny (1301797) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672038)

never win the war, nor do they get credit, nor do they care about any comment on whatever they did, most of the time they're dead by the time it happens, but when it happens, shit happens

Shut it down now! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672052)

Shut down that orbital pork barrel and give me a tax cut!

Vote Tea Party!

Re:Shut it down now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672092)

Shut down that orbital pork barrel and give me a tax cut!

Vote Tea Party!

It is impossible for me to roll my eyes any more than I am right now. Seriously. You can probably hear it at the rock you're living under.

Re:Shut it down now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672256)

Obvious troll is obvious.

Re:Shut it down now! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672436)

Shut down that orbital pork barrel and give me a tax cut!

Vote Tea Party!

Let's do some quick math here (and I'm going to estimate high so you get all the benefit of the doubt):

$6 billion total expenditure to date / 21 years in service = $285,714,286/year

$285,714,286 / 90 million tax payers in USA = $3.17/yearly tax burden

It is difficult to believe that for a $3 change in taxes, you're willing to give up all of the research and scientific good that has come from it. I sincerely doubt the Tea Party believes that either.

Re:Shut it down now! (2)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672572)

If you believe that, you don't know enough teabaggers.

Re:Shut it down now! (1)

228e2 (934443) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672728)

Well, thats only an average. Me and B. Gates aren't quite in the same tax bracket.

Re:Shut it down now! (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680832)

Some of us are in the same tax bracket as B. Gates, you insensitive clod!

Re:Shut it down now! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672884)

If it could be de-orbited onto a line of medicare claimants the tax cut could be much greater!

Artist's Concept (3, Insightful)

Spiflicator (64611) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672070)

Why does it seem like every time I read an article about space imaging, there is an artist's rendition, instead of an actual rendition of the image?

Re:Artist's Concept (5, Informative)

lucian1900 (1698922) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672142)

Because the actual image isn't in wavelenghts you can see, has crap resolution and often results indirectly from other information.

Re:Artist's Concept (1)

Spiflicator (64611) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672814)

I get that, which is why I said a "rendition" of the image. Maybe its just that they haven't ever processed the image into anything interesting by the time they issue a press release. Personally, I'd rather see a "real" image than an artist's rendering. I feel like an artist's rendering is what you show on cnn.com, while hubblesite.org, or nasa,gov might show the real thing...

Re:Artist's Concept (5, Informative)

Lord Crc (151920) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672316)

Why does it seem like every time I read an article about space imaging, there is an artist's rendition, instead of an actual rendition of the image?

The actual image would most likely be of the star itself, and usually is just a few pixels wide. Not a lot for people to look at.

However by observing those pixels over a long time they may see changes in the color / spectrum indicating the vapors in the atmosphere of the planet when it passes in front of the star.

Here's [nasa.gov] a Hubble image of an actual exoplanet, 25 light years away. The exoplanet they're imaging in the story here is 1000 light years away...

Re:Artist's Concept (1)

deadhammer (576762) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672422)

Here's [nasa.gov] a Hubble image of an actual exoplanet, 25 light years away. The exoplanet they're imaging in the story here is 1000 light years away...

Psst, don't tell Gandalf, but I think we've found where Sauron went after Barad Dur was destroyed.

Re:Artist's Concept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36674214)

Son of a...

I love you.

Re:Artist's Concept (1)

psithurism (1642461) | more than 3 years ago | (#36673774)

I get grumpy about the fact that news feels like they have to protect me from the actual science. They need artists to render what some other dudes imagination thinks the planet might look like. I know scrutinizing those pixels and running their color changes through really long boring formulas was tedious and I don't plan to replicate it, but until I came and read your comment, I wouldn't have known they did any of that.

Re:Artist's Concept (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672574)

Here's a copy of the real image. Please note that it is a photo-negative: [ . ]

HAND.

Re:Artist's Concept (1)

Rich0 (548339) | more than 3 years ago | (#36673914)

Well, even the target is probably contrived to make for an interesting press release.

If they didn't tweak the sequence the millionth observation would probably be something like "routine image of empty space for dark current calibration" or "routine image of boring star to calibrate sensor xyz" or whatever. I'm sure the schedule was shuffled to make for better reading in the news...

What was it? (2)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672346)

The One Millionth Observation? "What's the deal with airline food [...]" The 1,000,001st was about how women are different than men, followed by an anecdote about the Hubble, its spouse, and brushing teeth.

Text of the actual observation Hubble made (1)

Jay L (74152) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672388)

"What is the deal with rental car reservations? They never have your car when you show up. It's like they know how to take your reservation, but they don't know how to hold your reservation." -- Hubble

another base 10 milestone.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672430)

looks pretty, means nothing....

Re:another base 10 milestone.... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36672560)

it's a good heads up for an all-important base 2 milestone, the soon to be reached 2^20 observations, so quit yer whining.

I too make millions of observations... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36672968)

Most of which are completely worthless but somehow don't spend billions of tax payers dollars doing it.

in the words of (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#36673628)

the curiousity core: "oooooooh! what is THAT!?"

Whooptifreakingdoo (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 3 years ago | (#36674056)

There is another observation for you...

Hubble trouble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680300)

Since the James Web telescope was canceled today, these will have to do for a decade or two.

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