link to Home Page

HST Institute

Article <>
From: W Letendre <>
Subject: Re: Hale Bopp photos
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 1996 11:53:01 -0500

Mark wrote:
> Jonathan Silverlight wrote:
> > In article <01bbd061$06d8d7a0$89462399@default>,
>> "Ray Laliberty" ( writes:
> > > it appears that ALL Hubble Space Telescope datasets are subject to a wait period of
> > >1 year. So exactly 1 year from the time the data was collected, NASA will release the
> > >data to the public, not necessarily including the finished photograph.
> > This can't be right. The pictures of a Martian dust storm that were
> > released recently were taken in September and October 1996, and
> > the pictures of Neptune were taken in August.
> I agree Jonathan. If memory serves me right HST pics of comet
> Hyuatake (butchered the spelling) were IMMEDIATELY made available
> on the web, and not crappy low-res .jpgs either. If you doubt me
> check out NASA web sight, over 1,000 comet Hyuatake pics. Again I
> am just curious what's up???? The amateur pics posted on the web
> are very interesting, numerous "jets" shooting from the comet etc.
> It would be nice to see what the HST is seeing of this very peculiar
> comet.
> Mark

Could be mistaken, but remember hearing from a researcher who was using HST that HST Institute will refrain from publishing photos for one year to allow scientists reserving time on HST to publish their results. Individual scientists are free to publish phots as early as they like, but HST Inst won't.