Tag: space telescopes

NASA Gets a Hand-Me-Down from Spy Agency: Two Space Telescopes

By Veronique Greenwood | June 5, 2012 10:58 am

hubble
The Hubble Space Telescope. The new scopes are shorter,
designed for peering down.

NASA announced some exciting news yesterday: apparently, the National Reconnaissance Office, the agency that looks after the US’s spy satellites, had a couple of Hubble-scale space telescopes lying around.

In a warehouse in upstate New York.

In bits and pieces, lacking the requisite solar panels and cameras to make them fully functional, but basically complete, all dressed up with nowhere to go. Why did the NRO have two unused space telescopes, when NASA is barely able to scrape two pennies together? Neither side will answer that question, citing classified information. Go ahead, use your imagination.

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