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How should we retire the Hubble?

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

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  2. Keep it in orbit (maintenance missions).

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  3. Let it burn up in the atmosphere.

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  4. Other,

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  1. Aug 11, 2003 #1


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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)?
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  3. Aug 11, 2003 #2
    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.
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    Erm... does anyone have figures on how much yearly maintenance of Hubble costs?

    Maybe it can just be sold to another space consortium.
  5. Aug 11, 2003 #4


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    Send it glorously into the sun!
  6. Aug 11, 2003 #5


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    Or how much it costs to bring it back to earth? (about half a billion).
  7. Aug 12, 2003 #6


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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.
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    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.
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    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. Aug 12, 2003 #9
    I think they should stick with the original plan.
  11. Aug 13, 2003 #10
    My thoughts entirely. :)
  12. Aug 14, 2003 #11
    I think they should give it to me.. it will be much better than my 8 inch dob
  13. Aug 18, 2003 #12


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    CNN finally picked up on the topic...
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/08/15/hubble.reut/index.html [Broken]
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