Astronomy Hubble to be decommissioned....

Discussion in 'Astronomy' started by mscbkc070904, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    By Brian Berger
    Space News staff writer
    Updated: 9:16 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2005

    WASHINGTON - The White House has eliminated funding for a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope from its 2006 budget request and directed NASA to focus solely on deorbiting the popular spacecraft at the end of its life, according to government and industry sources.

    NASA is debating when and how to announce the change of plans. Sources told Space News that outgoing NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe likely will make the announcement Feb. 7 during the public presentation of the space agency’s 2006 budget request.

    That budget request, according to government and industry sources, will not include any money for Hubble servicing but will include some money for a mission to attach a propulsion module to Hubble needed to deorbit the spacecraft safely with a controlled re-entry into the Pacific Ocean. NASA would not need to launch such a mission before the end of the decade to guide the massive telescope safely into the ocean.

    Sources said O’Keefe received his marching orders on Hubble Jan. 13 during a meeting with White House officials to finalize the agency’s 2006 budget request. With both robotic and shuttle-based servicing options expected to cost well in excess of $1 billion, sources said, NASA was told it simply could not afford to save Hubble given everything else NASA has on its agenda, including preparing the shuttle fleet to fly again.

    Sad to see her go after all she has enlightened us with over the recent years.
  2. yourdementia

    yourdementia New Member

    Sad,,,,,Really Sad...I can still remember hubble going up and all the dramas surrounding fixing the mirrors..I cant believe that there is no way to save it or no plan for replacing it.It has helped us learn so much ,yet we have nothing to replace it with.
    The mighty $ rears its ugly head again..

  3. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    These are infared telescopes apparently , even though I am also senimental about what Hubble has accomplished , we don't have the ca$h right now and newer technology will replace it . I found this blurb about Spitzer and a couple others :

    Looking to the Future
    Spitzer only has a limited lifespan, about five years. That means around 2008, we will need a new generation of infrared telescope to take over. Luckily, several missions are already in the works. The European Space Agency plans to launch Herschel Space Observatory in 2007, and NASA is scheduled to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in 2010. And since technology improves all the time, so we expect the next generation of infrared telescopes to provide even more spectacular results!

    Mizar ! you would know whats next ! What are they replacing Hubble with , and what else do we have up there ? To lazy to search at the moment , and space is your specialty .
  4. Mizar

    Mizar Premium Member

    There is a new trend in Earth based telescopes lately. They are geting BIG. the largest one in construction is the VLT ( Very large telescope) When it is completed it will be able to read the NASA symbol on an astronauts suit if he was walking on the moon... I think they also have plans for a 100 meter telescope in the drawing boards! 100! WOW!

    Any way AS for space based telescopes. Ih hubble is killed then the soonest we will get a new scope in space is 2010.
    The plan for space based telescopes I think is the VLTA ( i think thats it not too sure though cance its wrong) The Very Large Telescope Aray. What is will consist of is about 10 or so 10 meter telescopes all locked toghether percisely by laser guidance. The would work together to see distant planets. Yes I said planets. The telescope aray wouuld be powerful enough to cancel the star glare and get a direct look at the planet with visual light. And it wouldn't be a spec of light either. Some scientist said you could study cloud bands on the distant jupiter like planets if you wanted to. Perty intresting. Thats all that comes to mind on the subject.

    Hubble was a great program. I'm sad to see it go but I know that the future hond many greater things. Time kills us all.
  5. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    I thought they may have been building something ground wise, using the technology and advancing it from the Hubble. Hopefully all of this will go well and maybe that is another reason why they are decommissioning it cause of the other projects going on now that will supersede the Hubble in the years to come. Makes sense to use the dollars that would fix the Hubble to putting it into something that is more advance.
  6. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    i saw this really cool telescope with a saucer dish type thing with mercury in it, so it started to spin, causeing the liquid to go concave then a digtial camera above it took a picture. it is a really cheap and good telescope, this is kindea off the wall but i thought it was reaaly cool
  7. bodebliss

    bodebliss The Zoc-La of Kromm-B Premium Member

    SM4(service mission four) is Go!

    The shuttle is on the launch pad with a two day delay due to weather. It is now slated to launch October 10, 2008. This mission will totally revamp the 18 year old space telescope. Hubble will be 90 times more powerful after upgrades and repairs. The repairs will attempt two firsts in service mission history, as our dogged astronauts spacewalk 32 hours on this mission. They will for the first-time ever take apart 2 instruments in orbit and add new circuit boards to them.

    A complete run-down of this history making mission can be found here:

    See the movies, photos, read the articles, and tell your friends
  8. pyroboy4206

    pyroboy4206 Aka that guy Premium Member

    Awesome !
  9. bodebliss

    bodebliss The Zoc-La of Kromm-B Premium Member

    NASA wrestles with more Hubble problems

    This mission is critical to the survival of Hubble. The delay is to ensure that the right repairs are made. With each new failure, more repairs will have to be considered. If the right repairs are made. Hubble may function for another 8 years. It's been one of the most successful space missions ever. Astronomers and people everywhere have fallen in love with those out-there frontiers as only Hubble has shown them and I am sure they also have some affection for Hubble also. This outpouring of affection is the main reason for this mission to begin with.

    God speed the HST! May you return to full ability and more, soon.
  10. Derek

    Derek ■֎؜♫■ Staff Member

    The hubble has been revived for the time being, but the mission to do the upgrades has been delayed until at least may. Here is one of the perfect pictures this machine takes. :)

    Full story and here's the link to Hubbles website for the latest photos.

  11. bodebliss

    bodebliss The Zoc-La of Kromm-B Premium Member

    RELEASE : 08-320

    NASA Sets Target Shuttle Launch Date for Hubble Servicing Mission

    HOUSTON -- NASA announced Thursday that space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope is targeted to launch May 12, 2009.

    The final servicing mission to Hubble was delayed in September when a data handling unit on the telescope failed. Since then, engineers have been working to prepare a spare for flight. They expect to be able to ship the spare, known as the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling System, to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in spring 2009.

    STS-125 is an 11-day flight featuring five spacewalks to extend Hubble's life into the next decade by refurbishing and upgrading the telescope with state-of-the-art science instruments and swapping failed hardware. Scott Altman will command STS-125, with Gregory C. Johnson serving as pilot. Mission specialists are veteran spacewalkers John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino, and first-time space fliers Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and Megan McArthur.

    The manifest has been adjusted to reflect current planning. The next space shuttle mission, STS-119, is targeted for launch on Feb. 12, 2009. Preparations continue for the STS-127 mission, currently targeted for launch in May 2009. That launch will be further assessed and coordinated with NASA's international partners at a later date. STS-128 is targeted for August 2009, and STS-129 is targeted for November 2009. All target launch dates are subject to change.

    The shuttle launch manifest is available at: