Originally Posted by oink
NO, you do NOT
If you actually DID, you would not have written this:
man: "it added to the sum of human knowledge"
You gotta stop with this tactic of replying to posts while completely ignoring what was written.... it makes discussing things with you very unappealing.
It is rather YOU who are missing the point. Although I heartily agreed with your review of Gravity
, I have a completely opposed view of the Hubble Space Telescope.
I don't know the nature of your job, but I work on engineering programs. We pay attention to budgets, schedules, and performance. Then we make an assessment of the program as a whole and use what we learned on the next program.
The Hubble was late into orbit, and did not work at all until repaired 3 years and 8 months later. Then the repairs needed for the incorrectly ground main mirror degraded the space available for instruments and compromised the performance of the remaining instruments by reducing the light gathering capacity to near the lower design limit - it just barely worked, and it achieved only a fraction of the design goals.
Sorry oink, but the Hubble is a classic example of how to "screw the pooch" in an engineering program. The fact that you didn't know that reflects the only part of the Hubble program where a Hubble team member performed in an outstanding fashion.
The public relations work done on the Hubble was absolutely top notch, I have never seen better. The reverent tones in the documentary disk above are just perfect, as are the press releases and popular magazine articles. The practice of regularly releasing Hubble photos of spectacular nebulae and other never-before-seen parts of the Universe reinforced the entirely erroneous impression of success - and were entirely necessary to get the funding for the latter phases of the program including the repair missions. Whomever the NASA "spin doctor" was, he was a master of his profession.
I mean, did you consider the Space Shuttle program a success, as well? Even though we lost 40% of the shuttle fleet and two crews to accidents? I honor the astronauts and their courage, while I cuss under my breath at the way NASA mis-managed the program and put them at risk.