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Abstract: Inspired by a recent astro-ph posting, I propose a creation of an AlternativeHistory astro-ph archive (althistastro-ph). Such an archive would serve as afinal resting place for the various telescope (and possibly other) proposalsthat were not successful. As we all know, from both submitting proposals andalso from serving on various time allocation committees, many excellentproposals ``do not make it-. Creating such an AltHist archive would serve manygoals, including venting the frustration of the authors and also providingpossible amusement for the readers. These are worthy goals, but they alonewould not warrant creating such an archive. The truly useful role ofAltHistAstro-ph archive would be to match astronomers with unappreciated ideaswith other astronomers with underutilized resources, hopefully leading in somecases to resurrection of old proposals and resulting publications in theregular astro-ph archive. Given the possible danger of a low signal-to-noiseand possible confusion, a creation of a separate archive seems like a goodidea, although it should be noted that low signal-to-noise is achieved onastro-ph quite often already. Finally, I include my own excellent, but rejected(twice), HST proposal, as an example of a potential AltHistAstro-ph posting.

Autor: Krzysztof Zbigniew Stanek

Fuente: https://arxiv.org/

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