Hubble Mission is Go

As reported elsewhere more fully (and on the NASA website) the fifth mission (named SM4) to service the Hubble Space Telescope has been given the green light. This mission will fix the broken gyroscopes which are needed to keep the telescope pointing in the right direction. It will also add new batteries and two new science instruments: Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

I'm not sure I completely agree with the official press release's statement that the launch of the HST "marked the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope", but it certainly has done great things. It has now been allowed to continue to do so until 2013. Thanks NASA.

Update: Everyone tends to forget that ESA are partners in Hubble so I'll point out that there is a video podcast of the news on ESApod. They get sound bites from David Southwood (ESA Director of Science) and Bob Fosbury (ESA).

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 31st Oct 2006 (17:28 GMT) | Permalink
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