posted on Feb, 10 2005 @ 11:07 PM
For one thing I really doubt there traveling on identical orbital paths, and they're definitely not on the same orbital plane, so moving it would be
a herculean task, maybe the most expensive and complicated task:
For example [and btw these numbers are certainly no where near reality, but they show the KIND of numbers we're dealing with here]:
Hubble is moving on a Vector 0 at 20k mph, 250 km high.
ISS is moving Vector 45 at 19k mph, 315 km high.
So, we're gonna turn this thing 45 degrees, slow it down 1k mph, and raise it's orbit 65km? Well first you'd have to speed it up to raise the
orbit, then slow it down again, then intersect with ISS.
A plan like this could not just be whipped up over night: It would take many months if not years of planning. Add to that the fact that a malfunction
could mean tons of metal space junk raining on the earth and well...you see what I mean. It would undoubtedly be many times cheaper just to send a
manned mission to fix the thing.
The reason it's being scuttled is because we already have ground-based scopes now that are nearly comparable to Hubble, and in a few years we'll
have scopes that surpass Hubble. We're sending her into the ocean under a controlled descent so that she doesn't fall on any populated area and
I love Hubble too, but when you love something, you have to set it free.
[edit on 10-2-2005 by zamphir66]