Sunday, July 16, 2006

'Hubble Junior' Offers Astronomy at a Bargain


SpaceDaily.com is reporting on a proposal to use high-altitude, solar powered airships to carry sensitive telescopes for a view almost as good as we get from the Hubble Space Telescope.

According to the story, Astronomer Robert A. Fesen, of Dartmouth University, has written a paper describing in detail the benefits of such a project including low cost and flexibility of the hardware which could be repositioned, upgraded or repaired as needed.

This may end up being the best plan for "life after Hubble"...

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