The National Science Foundation wants to get rid of some of its older big telescopes, and you can buy them!

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The National Science Foundation wants to get rid of some of its older big telescopes, and you can buy them!

We are not talking small here. The biggest is the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia, which though only fourteen years old is unable to compete scientificially with the new large radio telescope arrays. In truth, when it was mostly built to satisfy the pork ambitions of the late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd.



  • Joe

    Speaking of telescopes, I just recieved universe in a mirror and look forward to reading it. Genesis reads like James Bradley’s Flyboys and flag of our fathers, which is a compliment to you!

  • Edward

    Is the Deep Space Network still impacted? The last I heard (admittedly, years ago), there was a problem with getting antenna time on the DSN for Mars missions (Opportunity and Spirit, whose mission lengths exceeded expectations). Maybe DSN could buy, timeshare, or rent one or more of these antennas.

  • The funding issue with NSF has nothing to do with NASA’s deep space network. Different agencies, different budget lines.

    However, the idea of DSN spending money for Green Bank might have merit. Then again, Green Bank might be overkill for DSN and thus more expensive then it can afford.

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