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?

Views: 323

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Thanks Reg!

Looks like some goodies in there.  Downloading as I type this.

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.

 

RSS

Atheist Sites

Forum

The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?

Started by Unseen in Society. Last reply by Ed 54 seconds ago. 27 Replies

What is the Destiny of Intelligence?

Started by Roy Plisko in Philosophy. Last reply by Pope Beanie 24 minutes ago. 65 Replies

Why do we want to show people they are wrong?

Started by Haugurma in Small Talk. Last reply by CAPTAIN OBVIOUS 57 minutes ago. 49 Replies

Criticize the ideology, not the person?

Started by Erock68la in Small Talk. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer 5 hours ago. 31 Replies

Blog Posts

Rounding Up?

Posted by Carol Foley on November 20, 2014 at 3:17am 2 Comments

Services we love!

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by umar.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service