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NASA Says Hubble Repair Mission Is a Go
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NASA Says Hubble Repair Mission Is a Go

Oct 31, 3:12 PM (ET)

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA will send a space shuttle to repair the 16-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, agency Administrator Michael Griffin announced Tuesday, reversing his predecessor's decision to nix the mission.

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This is GREAT news since the "Next Generation Hubble" replacement will be a while in coming. We can continue to enjoy even better quality images with the expected upgrades and the mission will extend the service of this fabulous piece of engineering to 2013 or so.

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Re:NASA Says Hubble Repair Mission Is a Go
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Russia Unveils Ambitious Plan to Build Telescope Better Than Hubble

[Hermit: Q: What is better than 1 orbiting telescope? A: 2 space telescopes ]

Source: MosNews
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Dated: 2006-11-21

Russia will build a deep space exploration telescope that will outstrip the U.S.-made Hubble Space Telescope, a Russian astronomer said Tuesday, RIA-Novosti reported.

Hubble, orbited in 1990, has been the most successful and expensive project in astrophysics, costing over $6 billion.

“In cooperation with our colleagues from Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Spain, we have set ourselves the task of building the Spectrum-Ultraviolet telescope, which will surpass Hubble in some aspects,” Boris Shustov, director of the Astronomy Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, told a news conference.

The expert said the telescope, with a 170-centimeter diameter antenna, will explore the structure of the universe in the ultraviolet spectrum.

Shustov said that under the government’s federal space program for 2006-2012, Russia is to implement two other large projects — the launch of telescopes operating in other spectrums, the Spectrum-Radioastron and the Spectrum-X-Ray-Gamma.

The Spectrum-X-Ray-Gamma telescope will study galactic clusters, and consequently, the structure of the universe.

The Spectrum-Radioastron aims to study the structure of galactic and extra-galactic radio wave sources, their internal processes and other processes occurring near them. It will comprise a space telescope and a ground tracking station.

“If the antenna of the radio-telescope is 300,000 kilometers (187,500 miles) from the Earth, and the other telescope is on the Earth, they will represent one gigantic telescope,” Shustov said. “The Spectrum-Radioastron project will make it possible to read a newspaper on the Moon.” [Hermit: Perhaps Newspapers on the moon are published in X-Ray reflecting or diffracting print. Though I doubt it. Fortunately, we can guess that he just meant to indicate the resolving power of this kick-ass design.]
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