These are all very good questions, and I make the rash assumption that whatever data they are getting will work like the telescope images that improve resolution when images are overlaid on each other because it provides better signal to noise ratio by making the noise blend together into a more average gray, while the signal stands taller above the noise.
Originally posted by folkhemmet1
@May 14 2005, 05:47 PM
How much is the temperature data supposed to improve over four years? Also, since it is the same spacecraft, where is the improvement coming from?
Thus, it would be my hope that eight years of data would improve the signal to noise by a factor of about 2.8. Will this be enough to save the mission? Who knows? My overall hope is that we learn something, and like you, I am really irritated that they aren't coming out with the honest story of what the trouble is (forcing me to guess).
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