[ExI] The Thirty Meter Telescope is now officially dead

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 18:08:47 UTC 2019

On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 9:41 AM John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 12:26 PM Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >> The James Webb telescope is far smaller than the Thirty Meter
>>> Telescope, and as of today Webb cost 10 billion dollars, about 15 times its
>>> original cost estimate, it was supposed to be launched in 2007 and it's
>>> still sitting on the ground. Every year they say Webb will be launched next
>>> year, now they say 2021. I'll believe it when I see it. Talk of putting
>>> the Thirty Meter Telescope into space is pure fantasy, it just ain't gonna
>>> happen.
>> *> So just because a bloated NASA bureaucracy, gated by contractors with
>> a history of sopping up government money to prevent it from going to
>> projects that might actually succeed, has massive financial and temporal
>> budget overruns, you believe it is not possible to succeed where those
>> limiting factors are not present?*
> Yes.

Experience has shown that such broad-strokes pessimism is incorrect in
other fields.  But I suppose you won't be swayed by facts.  You have your
own invisible man in the sky, who demands these things fail.
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