TITLE

Hubble trouble

PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Engineer (00137758);2/11/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7668, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that the Hubble Space Telescope could soon be destroyed by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) following its 2006 budget outline. Despite an increase in the agency's budget of 2.4 per cent from 2005 to $16.5bn, it will not be enough to cover the cost of repairing the telesoope. Just $93m has been allocated to Hubble in the outline, of which around $75m will be needed to bring it back to Earth. In December a panel of experts concluded that astronauts would be preferable to robots in a potential mission to service the telescope, but that has been deemed too difficult following the safety recommendations of the Columbia accident investigation board. NASA controller Steve Isakowitz said that the agency is planning a robotic mission to prepare the satellite for decommissioning by steering it into the ocean.
ACCESSION #
16110622

 

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