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    Post New Rocket Could Launch Really Big Telescopes

    If you've got a really big rocket, what should you use it for? If you're an astronomer, you'll want it used to launch really big telescopes; observatories that would dwarf the Hubble Space Telescope. ...

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    Where's publiusr to gloat about this?
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    How big a telescope is practical? I don't know how good manufacturing is these days.

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    The photo on that page seems to be a bit misleading. They show the whole Hubble satellite, but in the rocket shroud they seem to only show the telescope part of the larger one - where's the spacecraft?

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    Thumbs up I would so totally

    donate thousands of dollars to any project that launches an 8M Hubble into space. I'd say millions, but I don't have em.

    Let's call Congress.

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    Why not just build more Saturnus V ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicefinger View Post
    Why not just build more Saturnus V ????
    These are cheaper and easier to get ready for launch.
    Forming opinions as we speak

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    Maybe we could also use the rocket for hauling up bigger pices of metterial for adding on to the space station or making a moon base.

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    A Moon base would be cool, but the Space Station will be obsolete before complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUF View Post
    A Moon base would be cool, but the Space Station will be obsolete before complete.

    How about ignoring the ISS and building a bigger, better space station? One that has enough escape modules to allow more than three people onboard at a time.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUF View Post
    ...but the Space Station will be obsolete before complete.
    If it isn't already.

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    To me this concept is far superior to Webb--too much like a Transformer.
    Compare Webb with this: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/1...shroud_200.jpg
    Simplicity itself.

    You can't beat a big, rugged, simple payload. The 492 foot (150 meter) radio telescope dish is the capper.

    More links

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/co...elescopes.html
    http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/for...osts=2&start=1
    http://www.physorg.com/news102086141.html
    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Th...copes_999.html

    The ultimate:
    http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/archive/design/foci/

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