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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm McLeod View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myk Rian View Post
    The problem with bringing Hubble down is the mirror. That is one big piece of glass. I can imagine it skipping all over the place coming down. Like a frizby.
    I know you're kidding, but that mirror is more like the last chip in a 13-ton can of Pringles.
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    Not kidding. It's 7.2 feet dia and weighs 1825 lbs.
    I can't imagine it burning up/melting as it comes racing through the atmosphere.
    Obviously aiming for the Pacific ocean, who knows what that mirror will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myk Rian View Post
    Not kidding. It's 7.2 feet dia and weighs 1825 lbs.
    I can't imagine it burning up/melting as it comes racing through the atmosphere.
    Obviously aiming for the Pacific ocean, who knows what that mirror will do.
    Burn and/or melt: possibly not.
    Survive in one piece: definitely not.

    I'm not sure you comprehend the aero forces involved. It's not like Hubble would disassemble itself gracefully, and there's another 12 tons of various alloy bits surrounding it. A good analogy would be putting a pair of glasses and a couple pounds of miscellaneous hardware into a gallon paint can, and running it through a mixer for a few minutes...think those lenses would survive?
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    I understand aero forces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Feeley View Post
    on the other hand, there have been big improvements in earthbound telescopes. I think Hubble still has the upper ground but the difference isnít what it once was. As far as I know, Hubble is still booked solid.
    One big issue for ground-based telescopes is the huge number of Bright Shiny Things getting shoved into low-earth orbit by Musk and his cronies.
    https://www.space.com/megaconstellat...ight-pollution
    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/stor...ope-satellites
    Yoga class makes me feel like a total stud, mostly because I'm about as flexible as a 2x4.
    "Design"? Possibly. "Intelligent"? Sure doesn't look like it from this angle.
    We used to be hunter gatherers. Now we're shopper borrowers.
    The three most important words in the English language: "Front Towards Enemy".
    The world makes a lot more sense when you remember that Butthead was the smart one.
    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much ammo.

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