How should we retire the Hubble?

How should we retire the Hubble?

  1. Stick with the original plan & send up a shuttle.

    5 vote(s)
  2. Keep it in orbit (maintenance missions).

    3 vote(s)
  3. Let it burn up in the atmosphere.

    0 vote(s)
  4. Other,

    2 vote(s)
  1. Phobos

    Phobos 1,982
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    I heard this question on a radio talk show.

    The original plan was to send up another shuttle mission to retrieve the Hubble so that it could be displayed in the Smithsonian Musuem. But with the Challanger and Columbia accidents behind us, do you think the risk is worth it? What should be done once the Hubble's performance period is over (a few years from now)?
  2. jcsd
  3. I think we should make a special re-entry vehicle that we can use to bring things back and make sure it's large enough to handle the Hubble. We could also use it to return other payloads for refurbishing.
  4. Erm... does anyone have figures on how much yearly maintenance of Hubble costs?

    Maybe it can just be sold to another space consortium.
  5. selfAdjoint

    selfAdjoint 7,521
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    Send it glorously into the sun!
  6. russ_watters

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    Or how much it costs to bring it back to earth? (about half a billion).
  7. jeff

    jeff 658
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    Just before it's "performance" period is over, attempt to make little telescope babies by flying hubble straight into the giant radio telescope at arecibo chile.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2003
  8. That was funny.

    But humor aside, the Hubble is actually a piece of technology that stands out among all time human accomplishments. It's a statement about the progress of the entire human race. If anything deserves to be in a museum, the Hubble is it.
  9. Seriously though, if it costs that much, it is more worthwhile spending the cash where it is really needed - other NASA projects, than on little moments of sentimentality. That would be a better celebration of what the telescope acheived. It's just a machine for god's sake...
  10. I think they should stick with the original plan.
  11. My thoughts entirely. :)
  12. I think they should give it to me.. it will be much better than my 8 inch dob
  13. Phobos

    Phobos 1,982
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