2009/02/28

The Lemming Stampede

In a recent arXiv paper entitled "Wide Field Imager in Space for Dark Energy and Planets", Andrew Gould argues that the 2010 process must be carefully directed toward maximizing science as opposed to the "lemming stampede" toward a Dark Energy mega-mission.

Here's the abstract

A wide-field imager in space could make remarkable progress in two very different frontiers of astronomy: dark energy and extra-solar planets. Embedding such an imager on a much larger and more complicated DE mission would be a poor science-approach under any circumstances and is a prescription for disaster in the present fiscal climate. The 2010 Decadal Committee must not lead the lemming stampede that is driving toward a DE mega-mission, but should stand clearly in its path.

Find the full here at http://arxiv.org/abs/0902.2211