John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel, celebrating the successful installation of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and repair of the Advanced Camera for Surveys:
There will be no terrorist fist jabbing in space!
But seriously, YAY!
My god! They’re turning Hubble into a deathray to kill us all!!
I saw that on the live feed. And I admit it, I lol’d.
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Yahoo! IN YOUR FACE ENTROPY!!!
I happened to be watching at the time — made me smile.
Julianne- very much loving your ‘liveblogging’ of the HST repair, it’s great to get more of the astronomer ‘scoop’ in addition to articles like the NYT one of today (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/18/science/space/18hubble.html?ref=us ) — it is with great admiration and excitement that i think we’re all watching the work of these most excellent men and women up there.. :->
Are we really sure that the science goals here merit risking the lives of these guys? I mean, is anything really fundamental at stake here [as it is in the case of the Planck satellite, for example]?
May 17th, 2009 at 5:56 pm
“Are we really sure that the science goals here merit risking the lives of these guys? I mean, is anything really fundamental at stake here [as it is in the case of the Planck satellite, for example]?”
The astronauts themselves seem eager to participate. That’s got to count in my reckoning, unless I think my judgement about what is best for them and what they should do should carry more weight their own.
Listening to NASA tv a while ago, I heard an instance of “my bad” from an astronaut. Combined with this incident, I think we have no choice but to believe astronauts are, in fact, Real People™.
Fundie — I would never ask someone to risk their life for my science. But, as Brian says, this is a mission the astronauts really wanted to do. If you read the NYTimes profile on John Grunsfeld, he was actually ready to quit in protest of NASA’s earlier cancellation of the Hubble repair mission. So, I am honored that they choose to do this, and in no way take for granted that they’ve put their lives on the line to do so.
I thought this was going to be interestingly rude until I noticed the “p” at the end of the last word of the title…
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