Pretty amazing technology! This will produce some extremely exciting imaging.
As for anyone who wants to cry coverup or doctoring of images really doesn't understand what they are looking at half of the time, or the kind of
image processing that occurs.
I remember reading a bunch of stuff about green patches on Mars, and people saying "OH proof there is plants on Mars!" These cameras don't operate in
colour, they take monochrome images through filters and typically you only take 3 shots and compose them like that. Press release images often get
passed through a 'quick' processing cycle that is automated and no one actually looks at each image.
Its absolutely hilarious for me to sit and read what people 'think' happens with these instruments.
You know Hubble? Do you think a government agency looks at each image before sending it out to scientists? No let me explain how these things work.
1) Scientist writes a research proposal asking for time on the telescope. It is a bidding process and they are expected to give reasons why they are
interested in an object and how long they need and during what time of year.
2) If it gets accepted, when the time of year comes, the telescope is re-pointed (an operation that can take days) and takes exposures as defined by
the astronomer in order to collect enough photons or expose what ever instrument on hubble they want to use of what ever object they are interested
3) The data gets dumped, in a RAW format, probably FITS format (not sure but iv looked at raw astro data before and it really is not in jpeg (LOL) it
was in FITS ) to a RAID array somewhere and the scientist is given access to download and do what ever he or she likes with it.
Thats about it... there really isn't people looking at each image with a fine toothed comb and covering up everything... you realize that the Hubble
could break and we would still be getting press release images out of it for about 10 years right? There is a VAST amount of data that has not seen
light of day.
I also agree with NOT imaging of the moon... why? what would it achieve? Most who don't think we got there will never be convinced, and even the OP's
attitude of, 'while it is interesting, i think it will be covered up' is really not any better.
Also I can chime in with the same as has already been said... countries around the world spend money on things that are totally pointless... science
is one that they dont spend any money on in comparison, and yet the media and people like to make out that money is being waisted on science when so
many better causes can get the money... Sorry but total garbage. Science funding is bad enough as it is... Scientists dont drive around in sports cars
and take 1st class plane tickets to conferences...
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