[SpaceProgram] Two unused spy telescopes have been given to NASA by the US National Reconnaissance Office and could be a huge boon to astronomy

Alex alexcg at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 02:20:24 CEST 2012

Hmmm...what could we do with a couple of orbiting spy telescopes?

The unexpected gift comes from the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a secretive surveillance agency that built the telescopes to peer down on Earth. In June, NASA revealed that the NRO had bequeathed the scopes to the space agency because they were no longer needed. Now NASA has to figure out what it will do with them — and whether it can afford the cost of kitting them out with instruments and sending them into orbit.


Alex Cureton-Griffiths
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