View Full Version : Discussion: Canada's Humble Space Telescope

2005-Jul-18, 03:42 PM
SUMMARY: One of the more productive telescopes in space is the tiny Canadian MOST satellite (Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars). Developed and maintained on a shoestring - $7 million USD - MOST is only the size of a suitcase, but it has a very sensitive instrument which can detect the variations in star brightness. MOST has been used to analyze recently discovered extrasolar planets as they pass in front of their parent stars, and even get some information about their atmospheres.

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2005-Jul-18, 04:01 PM
This is a pretty cool mission. Unfortunately, the Planetary Society can tell you about the unpredictable nature of using Soviet ICBMs to launch satellites, but it is really nice that MOST made it to a good orbit, and has been returning great data for not much money.

Don Alexander
2005-Jul-18, 04:52 PM
There are rumors that MOST actually stands for "Matthews' Own Space Telescope"... ;)

Keith Nealy
2005-Jul-18, 07:23 PM
Come on. Isn't this really the SpongeBob spacecraft? Look at it!

2005-Jul-19, 02:31 AM
Hi everybody.
Just to let you know that, on the last weekend of july, a replica of Most (The Little Scope That Could) will be on display for the 25th anniversary of CAFTA in Québec (Canada).
You can find more info on this site:


There will also be a conference on saturday night by Mr David Levy.
So if you're in the area, come and have a look. We can meet there.

2005-Jul-19, 05:00 AM
Way to go Canada for putting up a remarkable exoplanet observing satellite at a cheap price! Canada should keep on doing what it's doing!

Perhaps the US private sector should take note of Canada's successes. The next step is for the general public to have cheap access to space travel. Any country or private organization is game for accomplishing this task.

[NRTA: I believe that flying spaceplanes into Low Earth Orbit is the key for a cheaper, faster, and safer mode of public transportation due to the minimization of Air Friction and turbulence.]

Anything is possible with God!