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In light of the most recent glitch on the Hubble Space Telescope, a serious equipment failure that means the observatory is unable to send data back to Earth, some are beginning to wonder: Is Hubble still worth saving?
The answer, according to many scientists, is yes.
The failure of a device called the Side A Science Data Formatter, used to send images and other data from Hubble back to Earth, is a problem, but likely one that can be fixed.
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
The only redundancy for now is to Launch STS-126 Endeavour (OV-105) this November, and thus keep STS-125 Atlantis (OV-104) on Pad A as the back-up in case a "Rescue Mission" becomes necessary.
Originally posted by yellowcard
I say if you aren't going to repair the Hubble you had damn well better make a telescope better than it. The Hubble to me a national, even a world treasure, it has brought us the most beautiful pictures many of us have ever or will ever see.