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From: (Henry Spencer)
Subject: Re: Clementine Photos of Apollo Hardware on Lunar surface?
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 23:17:33 GMT

In article <>, Ed <> wrote:
>a job for some 'spare' time on Hubble - surely make some poster sales
>too for all us space enthusiasts

Nope.  Hubble has nowhere near the resolution required.

The diffraction limit on the performance of optical instruments is not
rocket science, guys. :-)  To a crude first approximation, it's simply
range*wavelength = resolution*diameter.  So at 400,000km, using (say)
500nm light, achieving 1m resolution -- enough to show the rough shape
of something like the LM -- requires a telescope 200m in diameter, two
orders of magnitude larger than Hubble.
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