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Artificial satellites are usually expensive instruments that have a limited useful life. Voyager 1 is still going, though, and it's just about to cross into interstellar space. But normally, spacecraft don't have missions that last over three decades. Here are a few space-based telescopes that have either retired recently or are about to wind down. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 3rd, 2013 @ 5:13pm

    More space junk. Yay!

    Maybe After we mine an asteroid and bring back trillions in gold, we can afford to clean up our space waste..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 3rd, 2013 @ 7:19pm

    And yet....

    They have an assload of spy satellites up there, to the point they had two to donate to the underfunded NASA. They reach space with great telescopes and use it to look back on earth. What the /hell/ is wrong with our priorities!

     

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    WulfTheSaxon (profile), Jul 3rd, 2013 @ 8:25pm

    Re: And yet....

    Spy satellites can actually lower defense spending, by showing that there’s nothing to worry about from potential adversaries.

    Definitely true that NASA’s budget needs a huge increase, though. One survey suggested that people think NASA gets 20% of the federal budget, when it actually gets around 0.5% – down from a peak of over 4% during the Apollo program… Doubling it doesn’t seem unreasonable with that perspective.

     

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    Phos.... (profile), Jul 3rd, 2013 @ 10:19pm

    "…galaxies in orbit around the Earth,…"
    Wait. What?
    Is there a Bat-Signal-type thing for summoning Phil Plait?

     

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    Tony Arcus, Jul 4th, 2013 @ 12:27pm

    orbit the earth....

    I thought galaxy's were big

     

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    Tony Arcus, Jul 4th, 2013 @ 12:29pm

    orbit the earth....

    observing galaxies in orbit around the Earth. Some one needs a lesson in the scale of things.

     

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    McCrea (profile), Jul 5th, 2013 @ 8:20am

    Re: orbit the earth....

    No, both of you need a lesson in not taking things out of context.

    "NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (aka GALEX) has shut down after over a decade of observing galaxies in orbit around the Earth, and it was originally planned to have just a 29-month mission."

    let's remove one modifier and see if you can possibly understand what is intended:

    "NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (aka GALEX) has shut down after over a decade in orbit around the Earth, and it was originally planned to have just a 29-month mission."

     

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    Phos.... (profile), Jul 5th, 2013 @ 10:30am

    Context has nothing to do with the observation.

    I suppose it's just too much to expect of writers to follow the basics tenets of their chosen pursuit, McCrea?
    If they let it swing in the wind, it will get whacked on like a birthday piñata.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangling_participle

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 5th, 2013 @ 5:15pm

    Re: And yet....

    Obama killed the space shuttle program.

     

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    McCrea (profile), Jul 14th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

    Re: Context has nothing to do with the observation.

    Efficient discourse depends on understanding what is intended.

     

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