So Long, Hubble

By Deane Barker on January 16, 2004

Hubble casualty of Bush space plan: Sometime in the future, we’ll be mourning the poor Hubble Space Telescope. It was good while it lasted.

The Hubble Space Telescope will be allowed to degrade and eventually become useless, as NASA changes focus to President Bush’s plans to send humans to the moon, Mars and beyond, officials said Friday. NASA canceled all space shuttle servicing missions to the Hubble…

Did you know that when the Hubble was first launched (then subsequently — and infamously — fixed), there was a program where amateur astronomers could submit proposals and, if they were accepted, could use the Hubble to test their own astronomy theories?

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Comments

  1. Nice that you quote the part that this article that make this look like it’s all Bush and nothing else. ;)

    Let’s add some more light on it..

    “One reason for the cancellation of repairs, Grunsfeld said, was the requirement that a backup space shuttle would have to be primed for launch when a space shuttle was sent to service the Hubble, a requirement set after the Columbia accident. NASA officials decided then that a backup would have to be ready to help any shuttle going anywhere but the International Space Station.”

    And the fact that the shuttle is grounded, and we need to finish the space station..etc…;)

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