I realize that. We are going up to attach rockets to it to bring it down in the Pacific, if I read the article correctly. I'm just wondering if we could move it to lunar orbit or park it on the moon instead. I have no idea what this would take, but with the cost of sending items into space it might make sense to leave it somewhere out of the way until someone gets around to fixing it later.
Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
There's also the matter of the Van Allen Radiation Belts...
According to our friends at Wikipedia:
The Van Allen Belt's Impact on Space Travel
Solar cells, integrated circuits, and sensors can be damaged by radiation. In 1962, the Van Allen belts were temporarily amplified by a high-altitude nuclear explosion and several satellites ceased operation. Magnetic storms occasionally damage electronic components on spacecraft. Miniaturization and digitization of electronics and logic circuits have made satellites more vulnerable to radiation, as incoming ions may be as large as the circuit's charge. The Hubble Space Telescope, among other satellites, often has its sensors turned off when passing through regions of intense radiation.
A object satellite shielded by 3 mm of aluminum will receive about 2500 rem (25 Sv) per year.
Conspiracy theorists have argued that space travel to the moon is impossible because the Van Allen radiation would kill or incapacitate an astronaut who made the trip. In practice, even at the peak of the belts, one could live for several months without receiving a lethal dose, and launch sites and paths are chosen not to pass through said peak. Astronauts traveling to the moon probably have an increased lifetime risk of cancer, but would be expected not to (and did not) have noticeable illness.
It's not clear there whether Hubble could survive if it was powered right down, but evidently if it's not already shielded to deal with such high radiation levels, it would have to be powered down and/or parked inside another spacecraft for the journey.
Well, the Hubble IS shielded for those radiation levels, it has to contend with some direct radiation from the sun on occasion. It does have a shut-down mode where the lenses and the key components are protected in cases of extreme solar activity.
I can't corroborate it online, but I have heard some discussions about the Van-Allen Belt Radiation controversy - and it just seemed like a bunch of conspiracy theory hoo-ha from people wanting to prove that we didn't go to the moon. This is just my opinion, though.
As to parking Hubble in lunar orbit - we would still have to send a mission up to the telescope to accomplish that, and the mission itself seems to be NASA's main issue. Hubble itself does not actually have any maneuvering thrusters - it can perform minor orientation maneuvers with a series of gyroscopes, but it can't really change it's orbit significantly on its own.
I guess if it doesn't go to ISS, they don't want to do it. I think that is sad. Normally I am for limited government spending, but on occasion, I think that "National Pride" is a good enough reason to do something. And I think Hubble is something that belongs in a museum, and is very much worth saving.
As long as Dean and Kerry are viewed as the frontrunners, it'll put Bush in the position of hanging the northeast liberal tag on the Democratic contender They can try to hang it, but I don't think it'll stick on Dean, who's "liberal" on precise...