View Full Version : Discussion: Hubble Servicing Mission Canceled

2004-Jan-19, 05:02 PM
SUMMARY: NASA has canceled all space shuttle flights to service the Hubble Space Telescope, which has provided revolutionary astronomy data and photographs. The decision was influenced by President Bush's new space initiative, which called for the space shuttle to be retired by 2010. Without a servicing mission, Hubble will continue to degrade over time, lasting at least until 2007 or 2008. When it finally does stop functioning, NASA will launch a robot thruster to de-orbit the school bus-sized observatory safely.

What do you think about this story? Post your comments below.

2004-Jan-19, 05:11 PM
what will be the ultimate fate of it? Will it be cannibalised for parts or will it be a cubby house in Tinaa's backyard?

2004-Jan-19, 11:14 PM
One word...stupid. Actually many...stupid, stupid, stupid. A really dumb idea to let this phenomenal resource go to waste.

2004-Jan-19, 11:24 PM
I don't think they gonna waste it, but take it back to Earth to upgrade it with some kinda of new version of (forget the name)... and re-use on 2012 or 2013...

2004-Jan-19, 11:42 PM
:angry: I think it is very very stupid of them to let the Hubble Space Telescop go to wast like that!!!! They spent a lot of time and money on it and it gives us good pics and gives us a lot of usful info of space!! wye wast Hubble? I think we shuld take care of it and keep using the wonderful telescope. :angry:

2004-Jan-19, 11:43 PM
Nope, sorry to say that as of now, the Hubble will be guided into the Earth's atmosphere, where it will burn up and probably crash into the Pacific ocean near the point where the Mir Space-station came to rest. :(

Unless there is a very large public outcry, Hubble is doomed.

Even with an outcry, it is very very unlikely there will be any reprieve. Unfortunately, the cost of sending the Shuttle up for one last servicing visit is too high. It is not just the cost of launching, it is also the extra cost involved in making the shuttle repairable in orbit.

So, I wonder--would NASA change it's mind about sending the last servicing trip, if the astronauts involved went voluntarily, knowing that the repairability of the shuttle would not be an option? And, would any astronaut volunteer for such a mission?

2004-Jan-20, 12:06 AM
A lot of people will volunteer for this mission, but not all of them will pass the exam to becoming astrononut... some brave one they rather die for their country, and become a hero in the history.

2004-Jan-20, 12:25 AM
Perhaps, not too long after the HST is gone the U.S. can build a much larger space telescope in a crater on the Moon, which would provide a much colder environment and as a result allow much better images of the cosmos. We might even build a telescope to see terrestrial planets in other solar systems. :mellow:

2004-Jan-20, 12:39 AM
<_< 3 years of savings. A mission cancelled. I hope the amount being conserved goes back into the future. I hope the years it has left will give us as much data as possible.

2004-Jan-20, 01:06 AM
Duane is right, there is no saving the Hubble. If a Shuttle was launched to it, they might as well bring it back and put it in the Smithsonian. Instead, the whole world will go through a "Chicken Little" ordeal as Hubble falls from the sky. A control robot to guide the 30-ton thing into the Pacific--that&#39;s new. I have my doubts that&#39;d work. And if NASA is sending a robot, why not send it into a parking orbit 5,000 miles up, mothball it, and wait for one of those Lunar Express missions to snag it for future use.
Stupid is as stupid does. I just hope the Hubble replacement, the Web Telescope, will be funded all the way to orbit.

2004-Jan-20, 01:39 AM
Add my vote to this being a waste of a previously marvelous resource. If we don&#39;t want to chance a manned crew on the shuttle to service the HST, what becomes of the ISS? Somehow NASA needs to stop being so political and listen to the scientists.

2004-Jan-20, 04:02 AM
I read that there were going to build a bigger better telescope to send up once they get past the retireing of the shuttle program.

2004-Jan-20, 04:05 AM
Have you got a link to that story Bluewolf?

2004-Jan-20, 04:09 AM
They call it the James Webb Space Telescope - JWST
See : http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/Observatory/

2004-Jan-20, 04:14 AM
I actually read it in a couple of places - this story just says that a new lauch is planned for 2011 the other story said more about the new telescope but I cant find it sorry...

http://www.cbc.ca/storyview/CBC/2003/08/01...01/hubble030801 (http://www.cbc.ca/storyview/CBC/2003/08/01/hubble030801)

2004-Jan-20, 04:26 AM
Heres a link that tells more about the James Webb Telescope

http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/te...ror_030715.html (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/technology/jwst_mirror_030715.html)

2004-Jan-20, 04:39 AM
anyone got links to what sort of servicing Hubble needs ?
Can it be done by robots, more cheaply ??
or by a private consortuim ?

2004-Jan-20, 04:45 AM
Actually it dosent neccessarily need serviceing yet but will soon. They think it may continue to work until 2007 or 2008 without servicing. It needs new gyroscopes to keep it pointed properly but so far still works. They were also going to do some enhancements on this service mission.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/hubb...ial_040116.html (http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/hubble_special_040116.html)


2004-Jan-20, 05:02 AM
HST has been servicing us for 13 yrs and 9 months so far... :( too bad now its old and need to retire :)

2004-Jan-25, 12:31 AM
my reply to the cancelling of the servicing mission to the hubble, is absolutly disgusting, the images and information that the hubble has brought to us since it was launched in orbit is enormis.now a plant with legs, and a half a brain, ie( a bush), is denying the people of earth future images and information, to save a few lousy dallors, which are not worth much anyway.in order to pave the way for a new stint in office.in a country that has its only natives , which it seems to , not want to bother to consult on the matter, anyway, and seems to keep in reservations, and pens, like chickens,

2004-Jan-30, 06:46 PM
It is stupid that Nasa is going to abandon any future servicing missions to Hubble. It seems to me that Nasa invests a lot of money into a Project then dumps it. Examples include the Saturn 5 heavy lift vehicle, and god knows how many STO projects that were were started but died when they ran into some political or Technical issue. I thought that Nasa stood for "Taking Risks". What I am seeing now is NASA backing away from taking any risks. In its present form how could NASA ever manage a returt to the Moon or a trip or MARS?

2004-Jan-31, 07:44 AM

I found an interesting articule at the above link referring to the servicing of Hubble that I think may be of interest to everybody. :)