October 29, 2006
Hubble repair decision imminent
Tuesday is the day NASA will announce its decision on the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. Friday saw the convening of a special high-level meeting to discuss the feasibility of the mission, designed to keep the Hubble working for several more years. Administrator Mike Griffin said that he wanted to think about the choice over the weekend. Right now, all signs point to a decision to move forward. Space pundits note that the agency is readying its formidable publicity apparatus to make a big splash with this much-anticipated news. An astronaut crew for the mission has been selected, in case Griffin does decide to go forward with the flight, and that crew will be announced on Tuesday, following Griffin's announcement. NSS fought hard to support the decision to go forward with the mission, and NSS members will deserve credit for their advocacy if Griffin announces that the Hubble will be repaired.
Posted by george_whitesides at October 29, 2006 10:17 PM