Hubble Funding

News was announced on 16th January that servicing mission 4 for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was to be cancelled because of the retirement of the Space Shuttle. Is this a clever ploy by NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe to make people question the funding priorities of the Bush administration? Well even if it isn't, it seems there is a lot of support for the HST - it even has a campaign to save it.

However, I have noticed several comments on savethehubble.com from US citizens who seem to think that the HST is a NASA only mission and so only US citizens have the right to comment. This annoys me as I feel that I should point out that the HST is a collaboration between NASA and ESA (European Space Agency). ESA pay for around 15% or so of the costs and therefore get 15% of the time. Perhaps this is all down to the fact that ESA don't market themselves any where near as much as NASA. Another example is the SOHO mission (Solar Heliographic Observatory). This was built in Europe with instruments from Europe and America. NASA was responsible for the launch and the day-to-day running of the mission. Europe should be jumping up and down just as much as the US in promoting our acheivements.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 30th Jan 2004 (22:28 UTC) | Permalink
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