Best news I’ve heard in a while!

Heard on ‘s journal: NASA reverses itself, HUBBLE IS SAVED!!

In celebration, you can also help provide some real advances in science.

EDIT: Further confirmation from the Beeb and of course NASA themselves.

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6 comments so far

  1. avon_deer on

    Thats great news. I have always entertained a mad conspiracy theory that the scrapping Hubble was done at the request of the religious right. They are obviously worried at what the telescope might find. ;)

    • nsingman on

      A tempting theory, but the truth is a bit more mundane. Movie footage has demonstrated that the damage to the Hubble was actually caused by Mike Nelson’s error in piloting the Satellite of Love.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      *snrk* These days, I’m almost paranoid enough to consider that.

      What I’ve never understood–or maybe what I understand better than those involved deeply in the dispute–is why there should be a rift between science and religion. They’re not even trying to answer the same question. Science wants to know how, not why. Religion attempts to answer why, and the how isn’t so important.

      Nor will I ever understand why a religious person wouldn’t take the true scale and complexity of the universe the way it really is, as revealed by science, as being further proof of the transcendent grandness of their deity of choice. I mean, if you look at the real universe and you believe that it was created by some divine figure, that has to be a heck of a divine figure to pull off something on this scale with this level of fine detail.

      • surakofb5 on

        I don’t think it’s a rift between science and *all* religion. I know Christians who are scientists, work with lots of them.

        It’s a rift between science and religious nuts who don’t want you to think for yourself. They want you to practice blind obedience to what they teach, and science teaches you to think for yourself. Can’t have that. Unfortunately, a lot of fringe religions are like that. Major religious leaders don’t have a problem with science per se.

        • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

          Very true, it’s the extremists and not mainstream religious people who are the problem, and profound advances in science have been put forth by churchmen: Mikolai Kopernik and Abbé Georges Lemaître, to name just two.

          However, even in mainstream religion you get a little of that–Stephen Hawking reported that during his audience with the Pope during a Vatican conference on cosmology in the early ’80s, John Paul II advised that although exploring back as far as possible was okay, they shouldn’t study the instant of the Big Bang itself, because that was the moment of creation and therefore the work of God.


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