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NASA Soliciting Ideas for Using Those Two NRO Telescopes

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 27-Nov-2012
Updated: 27-Nov-2012 09:03 PM

NASA issued a Request for Information (RFI) today soliciting ideas on how to use the two space telescopes it was given by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) earlier this year.

NASA has its own teams working on how to make best use of the 2.4 meter mirror  telescopes, similar to the Hubble Space Telescope, that are widely thought to be left over from the failed NRO Future Imagery Architecture (FIA) program.   NASA's Marc Allen, acting deputy associate administrator for research in the Science Mission Directorate, said that all ideas would be given "equal consideration" and the agency will choose "the most promising for future study."

"Innovative" and "imaginative" are the watchwords.   Michael Moore, a program executive at NASA Headquarters, said that "there is room for projects that span the gamut of the imagination" ranging from balloon flights to utilizing the International Space Station.

Responses to the RFI are due January 7, 2013.


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