Save the Hubble 03/22/2004 messages
Read previous Messages of the Day, here or choose from the list below.
Save the Hubble Inspiring Message of the Day:
"I am an ex Social Studies teacher who wishes the Hubble had been in existence when I was teaching.
I have never seen anything so inspiring, yet humbling as our heavens on a clear night. To close a window to that majestic sight would be incredibly sad. If our government is too short sighted to keep Hubble alive and well, perhaps the private sector can. Let Congress deed Hubble to us so we and our children can enjoy what may never again be matched in beauty!" Cliff.
Save the Hubble Reason of the Day:
"I know O'Keefe is saying that servicing the Hubble will place the seven astronauts in danger. NASA is claiming they want to attach boosters to the Hubble in the next decade to do a controlled descent into the Pacific. However if Hubble is not serviced, won't the power supply and gyroscopes eventually stop working and potentially cause Hubble to go into an uncontrolled spin and crash into the Earth? Granted the odds are likely that it will land in an ocean, but if it strikes land, it could kill who knows how many people. Looking solely at the numbers, it is better to risk the lives of seven brave people who not only know and accept the risks that come with their jobs but who also volunteer for it as well versus potentially hundreds of innocent bystanders on land getting struck by falling debris? During the service to replace power supplies and gyroscopes, since the equipment is already built, why not also upgrade the equipment as well. It will simply be a mission to prevent disaster on land that just happens to have the extra benefit of upgrading the most important scientific piece of equipment Astronomy has ever had. How could O'Keefe argue against this logic?" James Oliver
Save the Hubble Serene Message of the Day:
I find it illogical that such a 'weighty' decision as to whether or not to send any further missions to Hubble is in the hands of one man (O'Keefe). As long as there are qualified people who are willing to volunteer to continue servicing this magnificent instrument then surely it should be beyond the realm of one man's decision to be able to stop it. A review board of at least five well informed people should be established to address matters of this magnitude. Just one man's opinion." Cheers, Tom S. (Thank you Tom, not only a valid opinion but also a lesson of English and style. S.t.H.)
Save the Hubble Best Political Challenge of the Day:
(this IS a democratic site!)
" I believe there are two reasons the Bush administration wants to see the Hubble go away.
No. 1 The ultra-right wingers think the Hubble pictures contradict the bible. So, in typical fashion, they want it silenced.
No. 2 The Bush administration wants NASA used exclusively for both the further militarization of space as well as corporate exploitation. Not science.
We need to make sure it is this administration as well as these special interests that go away in November!!!!" Doug Tuttle Jacksonville, Florida
Save the Hubble Philosophical Quote of the Day:
"The hubble is our eyes to our creation. To remove our vision to our past and present is almost like saying "Isn't being blind just a wonderful way to live life"? Sending man to moon and mars is great if we had a trillion dollars sitting around just waiting to be spent. Save our future now." William Becker 4 Eva Circle Randolph, MA (We would sure need a hell of a cane!! S.t.H.)
Save the Hubble Direct Message of the Day of the Day:
In the words of Nike:
"Just do it"
Save the Hubble Idea of the Day:
"The Hubble can be serviced by the space shuttle by prepositioning an empty Russian capsule near the Hubble. The idea is to use the empty capsule as a life boat if necessary. This plan requires a minimum crew of three on the shuttle, cooperation from Russia and funding of an additional launch for the empty capsule. But it does offer a way to service the Hubble and still maintain the required margin for safety." Anonymous, The Hubble Project guestbook.
Save the Hubble Historical Message of the Day:
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon's roar:
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more!
Her deck, once red with heroes' blood,
Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o'er the flood
And waves were white below,
No more shall feel the victor's tread,
Or know the conquered knee:
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
The eagle of the sea!
O better that her shattered hulk
Should sink beneath the wave!
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
And there should be her grave:
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, in 1830, on the proposed decommissioning and scrapping of
"Old Ironsides", the USS Constitution (still extant and commissioned).
(Sent by Tatiana Covington, thank you Tatiana - S.t.H.)