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What should we do with the retired Hubble?

  1. Aug 11, 2003 #1


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    (1) Go ahead and save it with the shuttle.
    (2) Keep it in orbit (maintenance missions).
    (3) Let it burn up in the atmosphere.
    (4) Other.

    Heard this question posed on a radio talk show. The original plan was that, once its performance period was done*, a shuttle mission would be sent up to retrieve the Hubble and bring it back to Earth so that it could be displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. But now with the Challanger and Columbia accidents behind us, is the risk worth it?

    * - hopefully it still has many good years of service left
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