View Full Version : Hubble Back On Track

2002-Mar-09, 04:48 PM
This comes from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/space/03/09/shuttle/index.html

Interesting little article. Maybe we'll get a chance to see new images released in May!
The last paragraph states the planned ultimate fate of the Hubble Space Telescope.

2002-Mar-09, 07:56 PM
NASA's expecting 20 years out of the Hubble. Just goes to show that working in outer space is beneficial to your health. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

2002-Mar-09, 08:09 PM
Okay, they want to keep the Hubble around until 2010. Any idea what will replace the Hubble?

Donnie B.
2002-Mar-09, 09:56 PM
It's called the Next Generation Space Telescope (shades of Star Trek?)

Learn more here:

Should be an awesome tool.

2002-Mar-11, 02:01 PM
Also here:

NGST Home Page (http://ngst.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

2002-Mar-11, 02:46 PM
Build your own Next Generation Space Telescope here...



2002-Mar-11, 04:30 PM

Doesn't look right with those stubby little solar panels! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

The Bad Astronomer
2002-Mar-11, 04:55 PM
By coincidence, I happened to be at the warehouse at Goddard Space Flight Center when the solar panels were being shipped to Kennedy. A friend's daughter was in town, and I was showing her the campus (she's an astronomy major in college). We walked into the warehouse and some people were using a crane to hoist a box, clearly to place it into the shipping container (basically a big white tank that fits into a truck). I asked what was in the box, and they told me it contained the new panels. Way cool.

The last time I saw them, they were in the clean room, stacked on a rack after some testing had been done. I knew they were smaller than the original panels, but they were still pretty big. Don't forget, Hubble is as big as a school bus!

David Hall
2002-Mar-12, 11:14 AM
I am so glad to see the Hubble off on it's own again. I just kept having this irrational fear that something would go wrong this time and render it completely lifeless. I'm relieved that my intuition was wrong.

Go Hubble!

2002-Mar-12, 01:47 PM
One of my first assignments as a programmer was in support of Hubble (though I don't think it was Hubble yet), back in the mid-80s. Another young programmer and I looked at the plans for all the servicing missions and said, "Gosh! We could still be working on HST when we're 40!" We thought that was really funny at the time.

It's not funny any more.

To (age 43) Seek