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posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 05:33 PM
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ok i,m going to take a guess this has already been posted but i couldn,t find anything on it.

just surprised in this day and age when you spend a billion euros on it you would think it would last longer than 4 years........really the state europes in the now then then this 1 adventure probably is the 1 and only time it will happen cause no1s every going to see it justified spending that money again for such a short time when people all over europe are struggling to survive.
edit on Mon Apr 29 2013 by DontTreadOnMe because: added telescope to title




posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 05:55 PM
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Care to explain what you are rambling on about?
A link or a clue as to what a herschel is?



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 05:57 PM
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A title and then a rant, not even a link..not exactly the most descriptive or informative post ive read today



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 05:58 PM
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I thought he was talking about Herschel Walker.



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 05:59 PM
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www.bbc.co.uk...

The biggest telescope in space has run out of helium apparently.



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:00 PM
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It would help if you would include a link so other members will know what you're talking about.

Here's one:

www.esa.int...



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:00 PM
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I thought he was talking about Herschel Walker.


I thought so too, but he's still alive and kicking.



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:01 PM
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I think they're all going to die in the end, it's ok. Rick is losing his mind and Daryl just lost his brother.

But yes, Herschel will be the first to go.

Wait, that's not what this is?



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:05 PM
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And this is why the Lewman rocks!
More toward the OP, "they" has to know this was gonna happen eventually.
Is there no way they could send a virgin© mobile spaceship to simply "top off" the tank?
If no, I say very very bad engineering.



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:06 PM
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He means The Herschel Space Observatory,

the infrared space telescope launched in may, 2009.

It came to the end of its life...


The telescope's lifespan is governed by a tank of coolant on board.

When the coolant runs out, the telescope doesn't work.

Estimations of the amount of coolant left predicted an end of observations by the end of March 2013.

It continued to operate until 29 April 2013, when it was announced that Herschel had run out of coolant.

The observatory needed the coolant to stay sufficiently cold to observe far infrared light it was designed to see

Wiki
edit on 29/4/2013 by Theflyingweldsman because: Lots of replies while I was writing



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:08 PM
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As long as the military industrial complex exists "herschel" will never die, I'm almost sure they still have some huge "telescope" up there. The day we see ET's down here and publicly known is the day I will say ok, "herschel" is finally dead.



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:31 PM
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OMG...does this mean that The Walking Dead is going to be canceled?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:36 PM
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Scared me for a minute there.
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posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 06:36 PM
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Thank you OP, this is sad news. Herschel did a great job and was one of the best space telescope missions. I remember watching its launch, and the interest in the scientific community to what it was going to look at and discover.



posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 07:32 PM
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i apologize for not explaining it fully.....just cause i,m interested in everything on here to do with space etc i stupidly assumed everyone knew what i was talking about.......should have posted a link but i see someones already made up for my mistake........damn u alcohol



posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 05:55 AM
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Originally posted by sparky31
ok i,m going to take a guess this has already been posted but i couldn,t find anything on it.

just surprised in this day and age when you spend a billion euros on it you would think it would last longer than 4 years........really the state europes in the now then then this 1 adventure probably is the 1 and only time it will happen cause no1s every going to see it justified spending that money again for such a short time when people all over europe are struggling to survive.
edit on Mon Apr 29 2013 by DontTreadOnMe because: added telescope to title


A typical quote from someone on here that can't be bothered to find out how something works then makes a silly thread OP regarding it.

It was bound to happen they knew it would run out of hellium.


The event was not unexpected: the mission began with over 2300 litres of liquid helium, which has been slowly evaporating since the final top-up the day before Herschel’s launch on 14 May 2009.
The liquid helium was essential to cool the observatory’s instruments to close to absolute zero, allowing Herschel to make highly sensitive observations of the cold Universe until today.



posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 06:46 AM
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Not sure why people are upset over this. This is how those telescopes work.

In order to make them as sensitive as possible, they are cooled using super coolant like liquid gasses.

However, there is no system that we have that can keep that coolant from running out. Every single infrared telescope that anyone has sent up that uses this system, has this coolant run out:

IRAS

ISO

Spitzer

Akari

WISE

And yes, Herschel was designed this way too.

Spitzer has other instruments that it can use, but not at the same sensitivity that had before it's coolant ran out.



posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 08:06 AM
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They should put in orbit around the moon so someday it can be servic3d or salvaged for parts or recycled.



posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 08:47 AM
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R.I.P. Herschel, you gave us some great images


I suppose there is no way to "refill" the telescope with the coolant. When we finally get to build on the Moon, it would be cool (pun intended) to place one of those infrared telescopes in the permanent shadow in the polar craters; I'd imagine the coolant would last longer there, they are some of the coldest places in the Solar System.



posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 08:53 AM
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So when is the funeral? Is there going to be a lunch served after the service? Do you need to be an astronomer to attend the luncheon? is there coffee and cookies, I better invite Beezzer if I go


If we didn't have the shuttle at the time, the Hubble would have been an expensive piece of junk also.





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