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What happens when someone hijacks a science instrument

Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by bwilson4web, Jun 8, 2022.

  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

    Nov 25, 2005
    Huntsville AL
    2017 Prius Prime
    Prime Plus
    Source: Russia Threatens to Hijack German Space Telescope

    Russia’s space agency has announced its intention to unilaterally seize control of a German telescope mounted to a Russian-built spacecraft. It’s a terrible, irresponsible idea, as even Russian scientists will admit.
    . . .
    Russia is going to switch eROSITA back on without the explicit consent of the Max Planck Institute, as reported in Deutsche Welle. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, a devout supporter of Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, made his intentions clear during a recent televised interview.

    “I gave instructions to start work on restoring the operation of the German telescope in the Spektr-RG system so it works together with the Russian telescope,” Rogozin said. “Despite Germany’s demand to shut down one of the two telescopes at Spektr-RG, Russian specialists insist on continuing its work. Roscosmos will make relevant decisions in the near future.”

    To which he added: “They—the people that made the decision to shut down the telescope—don’t have a moral right to halt this research for humankind just because their pro-fascist views are close to our enemies.”
    . . .

    Russia replicates the Nazi practices that started WW-II and the irony is they are oblivious to understanding of what they are doing. The loss is to empirical science.

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    Lev Zeleny, scientific director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, spoke out against the decision to switch eROSITA back on, saying: “Our institute—all scientists—strongly object to this proposal,” as he wasquoted by Russia’s state-run Gazeta. The objection, Zeleny said, “is both for political and technical reasons,” saying it’s not clear if Russian astronomers will actually figure out how to use eROSITA, or if outside journals will go on to publish any scientific results that might come from the move.

    The scientific supervisor of the Spektr-RG project, Rashid Sunyaev, is concerned that Russian astronomers might accidentally damage Germany’s telescope, as reported in Interfax, a private Russian media outlet. “This is a wonderful device, absolutely world class, which has already given a lot of data,” Sunyaev said. “We all dream of seeing it return to active work. But it is an amazingly complex device, and if we decide to ignore agreements with partners and turn it on ourselves, it can simply ruin it,” Sunyaev said.
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    Bob Wilson
  2. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    May 11, 2005
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Plug-in Base
    you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. it never ceases to amaze me at how willing we are to do business with countries who have long histories of world domination dreams.

    those who forget history...
  3. ETC(SS)

    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

    Oct 28, 2010
    Redneck Riviera (Gulf South)
    Other Non-Hybrid
    The Germans have a long history of being fremenies with the Rooskies.
    Everybody remembers the German invasion of Poland marking the beginning of WWII (at least in Europe) but fewer people remember that Russia invaded Poland from the east a few weeks later.
    I won't pretend to speak for the Poles as to which was worse, as they have fond memories of neither.
    Russia also invaded Finland in 1939, but they found that country to be somewhat less cooperative about being occupied.

    The Germans shut down the experiment to protest the (most recent) Russian invasion - which seems to me to be the scientific equivalent of not participating in the Olympics.
    Not really sure what "loss" this is to empirical science, but hey...that's what you get when you hitch a ride on Rooskie equipment, SADLY, something with which we have very recent experience thanks to our own unwise national flea ranching.

    Science SHOULD be apolitical.
    Sadly, this is almost never the case.