NASA Searches New Use for Former Space Telescopes

Scientists were asked to propose novel ideas for the use of the two telescopes

By on November 29th, 2012 10:58 GMT

NASA officials initiating a research among its scientists in an attempt to find the best way of efficiently using two telescopes gifted them this year by the spy satellite agency of the United States.

NASA is conducting a study, which initiated on Monday, November 26, with an official appeal to the scientists to come up with ideas. The results are to be announced in February, at a workshop in Huntsville.

“Because there are two telescopes, there is room for projects that span the gamut of the imagination,” declared Michael Moore, executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, as cited by Live Science.

Although NASA has already thought of using the telescopes for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), meant to research the dark energy believed to be acting as a catalyst in the universe's expansion, officials say they are totally open to new ideas.

“We will give all ideas equal consideration and choose the most promising for further study,” declared Marc Allen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

“We want to tap into innovative ideas wherever we can find them in order to optimize use of these telescope assets.”
The two telescopes received by NASA are similar to the Hubble Space Telescope
   The two telescopes received by NASA are similar to the Hubble Space Telescope
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