Technology has advanced and the time has come to put up a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.  NASA is well on the way to a next generation space telescope but to my horror, they've chosen to call it the James Webb Space Telescope!

"Who the hell is James Webb?" you might ask.  Well, he was a lawyer and a bureaucrat. He happened to be the top administrator of NASA through the glory years of Gemini and Apollo, but he was not a scientist.

Is anyone else offended by having a piece of advanced technology named after a bureaucrat?  I'm fine with putting his name on a government building, but I think the next generation space telescope should be named after a scientist - perhaps Carl Sagan.

Should we protest?

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Thanks to everyone for replying.  I'm not stuck on it being the Sagan Scope -> but I really really want it named after a scientist.  I just feel that if science has any 'sex appeal' to the young generation, it's in making that big discovery, turning your name into a household word, getting formulas, technological marvels, and stars named after you.  I just feel very strongly that something that will be as high profile as the next generation space telescope should be named after an interesting scientist in order maximize scientific inspiration.

I think Sagan is the perfect choice. If you'd like to start a petition, I could possibly help with that.

The Orgasmatron, Blaine?

Wasn't that the device used in the early Jane Fonda movie, "Barbarella"? As I recall, she burned out its circuits --

Especially Lee Marvin and his horse!

Ahhh, the comforting sound of whispering bones creaking with antiquity fills my imagination as you venerable historical giants reminisce...

Yo Mama wears Army  boots --

Yes, Arch - let's start a petition, however that is done.

I completely agree with designating it the Sagan Space Telescope.

It does not seem that we are at the stage of a signature collection, but I would be willing sign the petition, when it appears. Actually I would be willing to consider a petition to fund a Mars habitat project, or asteroid mining. I would rather listen to a space, heavy breathing scandal any day.

 

For all you space freaks out there the latest issue (Dec) of the Smithsonian mag has an interesting article on the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk. It is astounding what this South African has accomplished thus far! And he does it on a shoestring budget that makes the US government and NASA look extremely inefficient when it comes to getting metal into space .

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