NASA Says Hubble Repair Mission Is a Go

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will send a space shuttle to repair the 16-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, agency Administrator Michael Griffin announced Tuesday, reversing his predecessor's decision to nix the ...

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G MONEY

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Oct 31, 2006
 
Great day for mankind we really needed this
boo

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Nov 1, 2006
 
your rock man
Jan

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Nov 9, 2006
 
I hope they can do it safely. I love the pictures that Hubble sends back, but I don't want to look at any one of those beautiful pictures and have to think of lives being sacrificed to get them. They're not worth that. Nothing is.

Especially when the Hubble is being retired in a few years anyway. They're only getting a few extra years out of it by repairing it.
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Sep 25, 2008
 
Jan wrote:
I hope they can do it safely. I love the pictures that Hubble sends back, but I don't want to look at any one of those beautiful pictures and have to think of lives being sacrificed to get them. They're not worth that. Nothing is...
I don't want to get overly political here, because I'm speaking from an historical context and not merely an Iraq war context (which is what people automatically assume), but historically speaking, yeah, some things ARE worth the sacrifice of lives. The long-term advancement of the human condition, however that is accomplished, is worth a great deal. The Hubble is just one blip on the long timeline of human accomplishments (think the wheel, gunpowder, rocketry, lasers, etc.) that have all contributed to human understanding.
Sorry to sound all abstract..
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Sep 25, 2008
 
Good. Take the time to do it safely. Don't cut corners. Let the engineers decide. Keep the politicians and bean counters out of launch decisions.

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Sep 26, 2008
 
DriveBy Poster wrote:
The Hubble is just one blip on the long timeline of human accomplishments (think the wheel, gunpowder, rocketry, lasers, etc.) that have all contributed to human understanding.
Sorry to sound all abstract..
I'd disagree with the "blip" comment.

Seriously, try and think of a single scientific instrument that has made more contributions to human understanding of the universe than any other. I can't think of one more significant than Hubble.

Moreover, this isn't just a repair mission. They're upgrading the imager to the Wide Field Camera 3, which extends the wide field capabilities of the ACS into the ultraviolet and infrared. They're also installing the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph, which may be one of the most advanced spectrographs ever built.

Check it out:
http://sm4.gsfc.nasa.gov/technology/instrumen...

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