DailyDirt: Space Telescopes Shutting Down…

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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.

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WulfTheSaxon (profile) says:

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.

McCrea (profile) says:

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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