The Deep Space Telescope

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    I would like to see the deep space telescope employed. Two things make this interesting to me: One is the purpose of the telescope and the other is the uniqueness of the instrument itself. The purpose would be to study the alpha centauri star system which is our nearest stellar neighbor. The system is composed of three stares two which are about the size of our sun and orbit each at a distance of about half the diameter of our system. On one of the earth like planets orbiting one of the stars the other would appear a very bright star that would act like a planet. I feel certain that the system would have earth like planets and life.

    What would be unique about the telescope is that it would not look like a telescope. It would be a beam made of sheet perhaps as long as a quarter mile. It could have two beams that intersected to form a cross, but one would work. In the middle would be a computer, a manifold, and phase shifters out from the middle on both sides would be hundreds of small telescopes and video monitors. The device would oriented towards the target by a propulsion system and rotated; the cameras would collect the light within the rotation and the computer, manifold and phase shifters would combine the light to produce an image somewhat equivalent to telescope with a quarter mile wide mirror. It would have limitations. It would not be able to detect movement, but I believe it would be able to see planet as well as oceans, mountains and vegetation on the planets.

    Something interesting I remember about the construction of the triangle beam is that robots that would look like giant tape dispensers would build it. The sheet metal would be transported to space in large rolls that would placed in the in the robots and feed out through a slot where it would be folded into a triangler shape with triangles cut in the sides and folded in to overlaping folds from the other sides in such a way as to make the beam rigid when it is all welded together.
     
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    That is a good idea, but totally unreasonable. Main reason: price. What corporation, company or gov't funded space program dump money on an overly complicated sounding project. People making the ultimate decision won't look at how clever the design is. They will look at feasibility. I don't know much about the theory behind your "light" machine, but me, personally, would dump it because it sounds to complicated. The United States would be better off building it's own particle accelerator. So what if Alpha Centauri has Earth like planets. It will be a very,very long time before we could take advantage of it. Particle accelerators would advance our understanding of OUR world, which should be paramount. Also other worlds, if you look at it with the right point-of-view. We might be living on this planet here for awhile longer.
     
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    Hell, until we colonize nearby planets there will never be a use for knowing about those out of our own solar system.
     
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    Nonsense, it could also tell us where to direct our retaliatory relativistic kinetic kill vehicles incase of the Fithp.

    Go NERVA/Project Daedalus!
     
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    You mean spaceborne ballistic weapons? Do we even have any of those? I personally think we're screwed if the Fithp happens. What does that mean anyways?
     
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    The Fithp were some quasi intelligent two-trunked elephants that got into a civil war with other, slightly smarter, two trunked elephants. The Fithp got put onto a giant space ship and came to Earth for a new home. Between the United States of America, the Soviet Union, and some tribes in Africa; Humans had to put the mainbody of the Fithp herd into mortal danger. It is a story, FOOTFALL by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and a damn good one at that.

    Just in case an alien species crosses us; and they are a little dumber than the Human maximum intelligence ability (as in the aliens are as smart as we are currently acting), we could recover and use our knowledge to build and launch a retaliation to affect xenocide.
     
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    Herschel space telescope does the Horsehead Nebula...
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    Horsehead Nebula: Herschel telescope images astronomical classic
    19 April 2013 - One of the classics of astronomy, the Horsehead Nebula, has been re-imaged by Europe's soon-to-retire Herschel space telescope.
     
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    End of the European Herschel space telescope mission...
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    Herschel space telescope finishes mission
    29 April 2013 - Europe's billion-euro Herschel space observatory has ended its mission to image the far-infrared Universe.
     
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    That's all she wrote, folks...
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    Herschel telescope switched off
    17 June 2013 > The billion-euro Herschel space telescope has been switched off.
     

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