Reinventing the Hubble Space Telescope... ...The Next Hubble Servicing Mission

  • J. Chris Blades
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS will make one final ‘house call’ to the Hubble Space Telescope as part of a mission to extend and improve the observatory’s capabilities through the year 2013. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced plans for a fifth servicing mission to Hubble on Tuesday, 31 October 2006. “We have conducted a detailed analysis of the performance and procedures necessary to carry out a successful Hubble repair mission over the course of the last three space shuttle missions. What we have learned has convinced us that we are able to conduct a safe and effective servicing mission to Hubble,” Griffin said. “While there is an inherent risk in all spaceflight activities, the desire to preserve a truly international asset like the Hubble Space Telescope makes doing the mission the right course of action.”


Space Shuttle Hubble Space Telescope Service Mission James Webb Space Telescope Image Courtesy 
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