November 29, 2017 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar to the right or below. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

Embedded below the fold in two parts. The first part, where I rail against the disaster that is NASA’s modern astronomy effort, including both the James Webb Space Telescope and the new Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope, is definitely worth a listen.



  • Max

    The Zman has passion, 4:43… “I heard that lie and it pieces me off”.
    This lie is repeated on the Northrop Grumman website often. With a little reading they do admit the truth.
    The Webb telescope requires refrigeration using helium to achieve -454° to work. I wonder if they got the refrigeration problems worked out.
    -370F cold in a six month orbit around L2 and why.

    Is it true what you said that the James Webb telescope funding went from 1 billion to 9 billion? Is this the equivalent of a $900 hammer? Here is an old article outling their concerns years ago, with no accountability.

    I heard recently that the new Northrop Grumman hanger at area 51 houses a near space aircraft that can fly around the world without refueling. Pure black budget.

  • Max: Would I lie? The Webb budget was originally $1 billion. It is now $9 billion.

    By the way, “pissed” is the correct spelling. :)

  • wayne

    Ref- Robbie the Robot;
    He also appears in Lost in Space, season 1 episode 20 “War of the Robots,” as the evil-robot.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *