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NASA makes Hubble tune-up plans

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posted on Jan, 8 2008 @ 01:46 PM
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NASA makes Hubble tune-up plans


www.usatoday.com

AUSTIN, Texas — The orbiting space telescope that just won't quit collecting gobs of celestial data well beyond its expected twilight is set for a major tune-up and upgrade, NASA scientists announced today here at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
This servicing mission will be the Hubble Space Telescope's fifth and last.

Word today is that the Space Shuttle Atlantis could lift off in August with a crew of seven astronauts and cargo of equipment, tools and new instruments for Hubble. But that launch date could change. "That's dependent upon the shuttle flights between now and the servicing mission," said NASA's Alan Stern, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C. He added that safety always comes first.

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posted on Jan, 8 2008 @ 01:46 PM
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16 years old and its still going strong. It was last serviced in 02, and looks like the upgrade may take place August 7, 2008. It will be getting 2 new cameras and new batteries.

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posted on Jan, 8 2008 @ 01:57 PM
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tis a bit more than 2 camera`s and batteries

they are fixing the broken gyro`s for starters
upgrading the thermal blankets and replacing some broken guidance equipment

this on a mission that would never have happened bit thanks to scientific pressure.



posted on Jan, 8 2008 @ 02:30 PM
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Thanks! Dont know why I didnt look on the NASA site, but I couldnt seem to find full mission details. Just in time on the Gyros! The 2nd to last one is due to fail this year.




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