Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hubble Service Mission Planned, Despite Grounded Shuttle Fleet

NASA engineers are busily planning a shuttle flight to repair and upgrade the ailing Hubble Space Telescope, even though the shuttle remains indefinitely grounded. According to the story at Spaceflightnow.com these particular engineers are confident the "foam problem will, in fact, be successfully resolved."
A service mission in 2007 should keep the Hubble working until at least 2013.

Compared to the billions spent on getting the shuttle flight-ready, the $291 million budget for the Hubble service mission seems paltry. But without the shuttle, there could be no service mission.
Talk about a Catch-22.

No comments: