[ExI] The Thirty Meter Telescope is now officially dead

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 26 23:11:57 UTC 2019

You make excellent points.  Why can't existing telescopes be upgraded?  Why
start from scratch in another location? Wouldn't things be much clearer
with a telescope in space?  Can't the one we have now be used for what you
think it should be used for?  I just cannot believe that there is no other
location in the entire world that fits the needs for that telescope.  bill w

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 5:08 PM John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 4:24 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> *> Everybody wants their own toys.  They don't want to have to borrow
>> something from the French department, even though the French dept. can
>> easily share the thing.   So - how do we know that the cancelled
>> observatory is really needed?  Why can't they buy some time on another's
>> scope?  I can hardly imagine that this is holding up the march of science.*
> Bill we're not talking about toys or school supplies, we're talking about
> half the universe, and a telescope that could see things 9 times dimmer
> that anything we can see now. There isn't a comparable next generation
> telescope planned for the Northern Hemisphere that's even on the drawing
> boards, nor is there likely to be any now that the only place such a huge
> telescope can be used to full advantage is off limits due to a army of
> marching morons.
>  John K Clark
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