Fund NASA to Fly The NRO Telescopes
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Fund NASA to Fly The NRO Telescopes

    1. Gary Longsine
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      Gary Longsine

      Missoula, MT

The NRO has donated two telescopes, with more advanced optics than the Hubble Space Telescope, to NASA. These instruments were built as back-up spy satellites but are no longer needed by the NRO. To build a pair of telescopes like this would cost NASA several billion dollars. In order to take advantage of these technological marvels, NASA will need a budget to fly and operate them. This would be an incredible bargain, for astronomy. The Hubble revolutionized our understanding of the universe. These new instruments would bring new understanding and new insight, and help inspire a new generation of young people to explore the sciences. Don't let this opportunity pass us by.

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    1. NASA studies WFIRST-AFTA mission with NRO telescope baseline

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      NASA has been studying a revised mission plan for one of the two donated NRO telescopes. The original WFIRST mission was based on a much smaller main mirror. The new design, based on the Hubble-class telescopes donated by the NRO will bring greatly expanded capability to WFIRST. It is anticipated that funding for this mission will begin in a few years.

      http://wfirst.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/

      About WFIRST

      The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a NASA mission responding to the 2010 National Research Council New Worlds, New Horizons (NWNH) Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey top priority recommendation in the large space mission category. WFIRST includes science objectives in exoplanet exploration, dark energy research and galactic and extragalactic surveys .

    2. NASA seeking ideas for NRO telescope missions

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      NASA is asking the scientific community for ideas. Share the link to this petition via Facebook, twitter, and Google+ to help build support for these valuable instruments.

      NewsDaily: NASA ponders new missions for spare spy telescopes

      NASA is looking for new ideas on what to do with two space telescopes left over from a once-secret U.S. spy satellite program.

    3. New Quasar Observations for Mapping Large Scale Structure of Universe

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      A newly developed technique for observing quasars might be a perfect mission for one of these fine wide-field instruments. We could map the large scale structure of the universe. What might we learn?

      Quasars: mileposts marking the expansion of the universe
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120918113421.htm

    4. Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) recommended as top priority

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      The National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) recommended the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission as a top priority for the next decade of space based astrophysics. This would be a multi purpose mission exploring questions of dark energy and searching for planets around other stars. Check out this article from Space Policy Online, then share this petition link with your friends.

    5. NASA ponders what to do with donated spy satellite telescopes

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      NASA's budget for next year to be trimmed by $59 millions of dollars from 2012 level. NASA is seeking input from the astronomy community for possible uses for these two telescopes. Please share this petition with your friends! This opportunity is too good to pass up.

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Space Interferometry Mission (a 1997 study)

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      Space based Interferometry systems have been proposed in the past. It turns out that at least once in the late 1990s, the concept was studied in some depth by NASA. This wikipedia article has many details on the cancelled mission. The capabilities of these two NRO telescopes, were they instrumented and deployed as an interferometric system, would probably exceed the planned SIM project pretty dramatically.

    8. NASA releases more information on the NRO telescopes

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      NASA has answered several more questions about the two telescopes donated to NASA by the NRO last week. Among the new information, the potential missions for these telescopes are being investigate by NASA's Astrophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate.

    9. Boosting NASA's Budget Will Help Fix Economy: Neil deGrasse Tyson

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      In April, astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson recommended doubling the NASA budget as a way to boost the economy, and advance science. This article has a peek at that plan, and its benefits and cost.

    10. NRO Telescopes built by Eastman Kodak of Rochester (now ITT Exelis)

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      The telescopes may have been developed as part of an NRO program which was cancelled before flying. (This article says, confusingly, that the program was cancelled "before construction began on the satellite platforms" which would mean that these telescopes could not have been built as part of the cancelled program.)
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    11. Photo of an NRO telescope, redacted (funny)

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      The Planetary Society shows the picture released by NASA and the NRO of one of the telescopes. It was reported to be so heavily redacted by black boxes that the audience of reporters laughed, when it was shown by NASA at the press conference. You'll laugh, too.

    12. Reached 50 signatures
    13. Ex-Spy Telescope May Get New Identity as a Space Investigator

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      A great article on the telescopes from the New York Times:
      [Dr. Grunsfeld said his first reaction was that the telescopes would be a distraction. “We were getting something very expensive to handle and store,” he said. This spring he asked a small group of astronomers if one of the telescopes could be used as they were to study dark energy. The answer, he said, was: “Don’t change a thing. It’s perfect.”]

    14. NASA Has a Mission for Grounded Spy Telescopes

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      "Scientists say their hoped-for Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST, is a promising candidate to use the spy hardware, which NASA officials said is qualified for the rigors of launch and spaceflight."

    15. Reached 25 signatures
    16. Ask your friends to sign and share this petition

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      Use hash tags when you post to social media about this petition. #NASA #NRO #Hubble #Space #Astronomy #Telescope

    17. NRO Donates Two Unused Spy Telescopes to NASA

      Gary Longsine
      Petition organiser

      The Washington Post describes the donation of two unused spy satellites to NASA. They were built by the NRO and have optics which are more advanced than the Hubble Space Telescope.

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    • john smith MILFROD, MA
      • 6 months ago

      its imported for man kind

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      • 7 months ago

      Science...Knowledge....Curiosity

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    • Matthew Hudnall KANSAS CITY, MO
      • 8 months ago

      Because space is cool.

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    • Mohammad Saleem SUGAR LAND, TX
      • 10 months ago

      For the future of mankind...

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    • johanna martin CALEDONIA, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Our country needs to move forward in scientific endeavors. I am soon to be retired, so have no economic interest, but I am concerned that India and China will surpass us in the light of their recent space efforts.

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