Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lost Explorers

The Hubble Space Telescope has been repaired and released for the last time. If all goes well it will continue to run and make new astronomical discoveries for another 5 to 10 years, and then be sent to burn to cinders over the Pacific Ocean.

Which is pathetic on many levels. The Hubble has done so much groundbreaking science that, were it a human, it would win a Nobel Prize. By rights this machine should be recovered and mounted in a place of prominence at the Smithsonian Institution (which was NASA's original plan).

But, oh yeah... We can't do that anymore. The only spacecraft capable of bringing it back is being retired with no replacement in 2010.

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