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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.

Letter to
Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Congress.

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Fund NASA to fly the two telescopes recently donated by the NRO.

The NRO has donated two telescopes, with more advanced optics than the Hubble Space Telescope, to NASA. These instruments were built as spy satellites but are no longer needed by the NRO. To build a pair of telescopes like this would cost NASA several hundred million dollars. In order to take advantage of these technological marvels, NASA will need a budget to equip them with cameras and other instruments, fly and operate them. This would be an incredible bargain, for astronomy, and for the United States.

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.

For more information, see this recent story from the Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-gets-military-spy-telescopes-for-astronomy/2012/06/04/gJQAsT6UDV_story.html

Thank you for your consideration.
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Sincerely,