Mission Atlantis: The Final Shuttle Flight to Save Hubble
NASA?s space shuttle Atlantis and seven astronauts launched toward the Hubble Space Telescope on May 11, 2009 to overhaul the iconic orbiting laboratory for the fifth and final time.
Commanded by veteran
spaceflyer Scott Altman, Atlantis and its crew of seven are blasted off
from NASA?s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, May 11 at
2:01 p.m. EDT (1801 GMT). During a planned 11-day mission, the STS-125 astronauts plan
to perform five back-to-back spacewalks to install new science instruments,
perform critical and unprecedented repairs, and replace vital batteries and
gyroscopes. They will also attach a docking berth for a future robotic
Commanded by veteran spaceflyer Scott Altman, Atlantis and its crew of seven are blasted off from NASA?s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, May 11 at 2:01 p.m. EDT (1801 GMT).
During a planned 11-day mission, the STS-125 astronauts plan to perform five back-to-back spacewalks to install new science instruments, perform critical and unprecedented repairs, and replace vital batteries and gyroscopes. They will also attach a docking berth for a future robotic spacecraft.
Below is SPACE.com's special report of NASA's STS-119 mission. Stories appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent updates first. For Hubble science updates, visit SPACE.com?s Hubble Special Report.This page was last updated on May 28, 2009.
Hubble Mission Multimedia
Hubble FAQ: Inside the Last Space Telescope Repair Mission
The space shuttle Atlantis is less than a week away from blasting off to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope for the fifth and final time in its nearly 20-year lifetime, but this last flight stands out from the pack in more ways than one.
Universe: The Final Shuttle Service Call
Watch the show! Click here to catch every episode of NASA?s last shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/SPACE.com.
- The History of Hubble Repair
A look back at moments from previous Hubble Space Telescope repair missions. Credit: NASA/SPACE.com
- The Heroic Return to Hubble
The importance to humanity outweighs the risk for the challenging final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/GSFC / Mash Mix: Space.com
Hubble?s Best Image Galleries:
Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4, Gallery 5, Gallery 6, Gallery 7
Sky High Technology:
The Future of Space Telescopes
View this multimedia tour through the history and future of space telescopes.
Triumphant Astronauts Home From Hubble
Atlantis Returns Home in Dramatic Fashion
It took about nine minutes for shuttle Atlantis to rocket into orbit last month for a historic final visit to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Shuttle Atlantis Gets Piggyback Ride Home
The space shuttle Atlantis is halfway through a cross-country trip atop a modified 747 jet toward its home at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA Postpones Return Home for Shuttle Atlantis
NASA postponed a cross-country trip home from California for the space shuttle Atlantis to no earlier than Monday due to bad weather.
Space Shuttle Atlantis May Begin Trek Home on Sunday
The space shuttle Atlantis may begin a cross-country trek atop a tricked out jumbo jet as early as Sunday to fly from a California landing site to its Florida home, weather permitting, NASA officials said.
Scientists Call Hubble a 'Whole New Telescope' After Repairs
The Hubble Space Telescope appears better than new as NASA puts the 19-year-old observatory through a battery of tests after its final facelift by an astronaut repair crew.
Shuttle Atlantis Lands Safely After Hubble Success
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis landed safely in California on Sunday, bringing home seven triumphant astronauts after their successful service call on the beloved Hubble Space Telescope.
Bad Weather Delays Shuttle's 1st Florida Landing Attempt
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis are headed home to land on a backup runway in California after bad weather thwarted earlier attempts to land in Florida.
Shuttle Astronauts to Try for Sunday Landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After two false starts, the seven astronauts aboard shuttle Atlantis will finally land Sunday to end their successful repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The only question is where.
Stormy Weather Thwarts Shuttle Landing Again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Bad weather thwarted the planned landing of the shuttle Atlantis for the second time in as many days Saturday, keeping its seven-astronaut crew in space for yet another extra day.
Atlantis Astronauts Hope to Land Saturday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis astronauts are waiting for the weather to clear over Florida so they can try to land on Saturday after thunderstorms forced them to stay in space an extra day.
Stormy Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Stormy weather in Florida prevented the shuttle Atlantis from an on-time landing Friday, forcing its seven-astronaut crew to spend at least one more day in orbit following their successful repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA Gets Out of Satellite Servicing Business
When the space shuttle Atlantis lands ? planned for Saturday ? it will cap off a mission to Hubble and mark the end of the servicing era.
Shuttle Atlantis to Return Home From Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis astronauts are hoping for a break in the weather for their planned Friday landing as they prepare to wrap up their successful mission to tune up the Hubble Space Telescope.
Astronauts Prepare Shuttle Atlantis for Friday Landing
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts will prime their spacecraft for a planned Friday landing as they enter the homestretch of NASA's last-ever visit to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Shuttle Atlantis in Good Shape for Friday Landing
HOUSTON - The vital heat shield on the space shuttle Atlantis received a clean bill of health Wednesday as its astronaut crew prepares to return home after successfully overhauling the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble Telescope's Last Overhaul
NASA: 2nd 'Hubble Revolution' Starts Today
Hubble's final makeover is finished and the astronauts have said their goodbyes; now its time for Hubble to test out its new gadgets and see just what they can do.
Astronauts Conserve Power for Potential Landing Delay
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts began conserving power aboard their shuttle in case bad weather prevents their planned landing on Friday and hailed their successful repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Astronauts Take Time Off After Fixing Hubble
HOUSTON - After a tough week fixing up the Hubble Space Telescope, it's time for a break for the seven astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis.
Dodging Space Junk: Shuttle Looks Good So Far
HOUSTON - The vital heat shield on the shuttle Atlantis appears to be in good shape after nearly a week linked with the Hubble Space Telescope, which circles the Earth in a region known to be littered with more junk than NASA's usual orbital haunts.
Astronauts Say Farewell to Hubble Telescope
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts bid a fond farewell to the Hubble Space Telescope Tuesday and released it back into orbit after the last-ever service call on the beloved observatory.
Astronauts to Say Goodbye to Hubble Telescope
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts will say goodbye to the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time Tuesday.
Astronauts Give Hubble Telescope One Last Hug
HOUSTON - Spacewalking astronauts finished their hands-on repairs on the Hubble Space Telescope Monday, wrapping up a five-day marathon to overhaul the much-loved observatory for the last time.
Astronaut Looks at Earth: 'It's Too Beautiful'
HOUSTON - There may be no way to truly describe how the Earth looks from space without physically going there. But that hasn't kept veteran astronaut Michael Massimino, now working at the Hubble Space Telescope, from trying to give people a glimpse of their home planet from afar.
Hubble Telescope Gets Last Spacewalk Tune-Up
HOUSTON - The Hubble Space Telescope will get its final tune-up Monday by a pair of spacewalking astronauts, the last two people who will ever touch the aging observatory.
Astronauts Repair Key Hubble Device in Tough Spacewalk
HOUSTON - Two embattled astronauts fought through a stuck bolt and dead battery on Sunday to fix a key instrument in the Hubble Space Telescope in a frustratingly long spacewalk.
Spacewalkers Tackle Daunting Hubble Telescope Repair
HOUSTON - Two spacewalking astronauts ripped a handrail out of the Hubble Space Telescope with their own brute strength on Sunday in a last-ditch effort to move it clear of an old broken instrument they were trying to fix.
Spacewalkers Tackle Daunting Hubble Telescope Repair
HOUSTON ? Two spacewalking astronauts resorted to "Plan C" Sunday to remove a stuck bolt on the Hubble Space Telescope that blocked their efforts to begin the second daunting repair of their mission: resurrecting a long-broken instrument that can sample the atmosphere of distant alien planets.
NASA: Hubble Camera's Repair a Partial Success
HOUSTON - An ambitious attempt by Atlantis astronauts to fix the Hubble Space Telescope's broken main camera has apparently met with only partial success, with one of the instrument's three photo channels failing to recover as hoped, NASA officials said early Sunday.
Astronauts to Try Complex Repair on Hubble's Broken Main Camera
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts ventured back out to the Hubble Space Telescope on Saturday for their most ambitious spacewalk yet in an attempt to resurrect the observatory's broken main camera.
Spacewalkers Make Tricky Repairs to Hubble Camera
HOUSTON - Two spacewalking astronauts opened up a camera inside the Hubble Space Telescope Saturday to make unprecedented repairs Saturday after successfully adding a brand new instrument to boost the observatory's view on the universe.
First Twitter Message From Space Sent
Astronaut Mike Massimino has boldly gone where no man has gone before: He sent the first Twitter message from space.
Space Shuttle, Hubble Spotted Crossing the Sun
HOUSTON ? Stunning new images reveal the space shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft were silhouetted by the sun earlier this week.
Astronauts Have Trouble Upgrading Hubble Telescope
HOUSTON - A pair of spacewalking astronauts enhanced the Hubble Space Telescope's sense of direction with some new gyroscopes Friday, but had trouble during the grueling upgrade because of a stubborn part.
Astronauts Tackle Delicate Hubble Telescope Maintenance
HOUSTON - Two astronauts in bulky spacesuits will open up the Hubble Space Telescope on Friday in a delicate tune-up to keep the aging observatory pointed straight.
Stuck Bolt on Hubble Telescope Put Scientists on Edge
HOUSTON - While spacewalking astronauts struggled with a stuck bolt on the Hubble Space Telescope Thursday, scientists on Earth were on edge as it seemed that years of preparation to make the observatory more powerful than ever might slip away.
Astronauts Give Hubble Telescope New Camera Eye
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts gave the ailing Hubble Space Telescope a deeper view into the universe Thursday in the form of a new camera eye during the first of five grueling spacewalks to fix the iconic observatory.
Astronauts Begin Spacewalk Marathon to Fix Hubble
HOUSTON - Atlantis astronauts kicked off an ambitious five-day marathon to fix the ailing Hubble Space Telescope Thursday when two spacewalkers floated outside to boost the observatory's vision.
Chinese Space Junk Buzzes Shuttle, Hubble Telescope
HOUSTON - NASA on Wednesday tracked a piece of space junk leftover from a Chinese anti-satellite test in 2007 that zoomed past the shuttle Atlantis and the attached Hubble Space Telescope, which astronauts plucked from orbit earlier in the day.
Hubble Astronauts in Space Junk Hot Zone
The astronauts who just arrived at the Hubble Space Telescope are at an altitude with a higher-than-usual risk from flying space junk.
Headed for Hubble
Astronauts Grab Hubble Telescope for Tune-Up
HOUSTON - Astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis grabbed the Hubble Space Telescope in a robotic embrace Wednesday, setting the stage for an ambitious five-spacewalk marathon of upgrades and repairs.
Shuttle Astronauts Close in on Hubble Telescope
HOUSTON - After seven years circling the Earth all alone, the ailing Hubble Space Telescope is about to meet some old friends.
Shuttle's Heat Shield Dings Appear to be Minor, NASA Says
HOUSTON - Astronauts discovered a trail of small dings in the vital heat shield of their space shuttle Atlantis on Tuesday, but NASA said the damage appears only minor and is not expected to be a concern.
Astronauts Spot Small Dings on Shuttle Heat Shield
HOUSTON - Astronauts spotted a trail of small dings on the starboard wing of the space shuttle Atlantis Tuesday during a heat shield inspection as they race toward the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble-Bound Astronauts Inspect Shuttle for Damage
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis inspected their spacecraft's vital heat shield for damage Tuesday while en route to the Hubble Space Telescope to perform one last service call.
Scientists Hail Hubble-bound Shuttle
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronomers and NASA managers alike rejoiced the successful Monday launch of the space shuttle Atlantis to give the Hubble Space Telescope one last tune-up, but now comes the hard part: actually fixing the 19-year-old observatory.
Space Shuttle Launches to Save Hubble Telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off into a Florida sky Monday to kick off a long-awaited mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble in NASA's Sights
Launch Today: Shuttle Atlantis to Fix Hubble Telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After months of delay, the space shuttle Atlantis is poised to launch seven astronauts today on a risky mission to breathe new life into the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble Photographs Giant Eye in Space
The Hubble Space Telescope's legendary Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has produced one of its last images, a gorgeous shot of a planetary nebula.
The Hubble Rescue Mission: What Could Happen?
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Atlantis is moving ever closer to its Monday launch toward the Hubble Space Telescope, but there's a second spaceship standing by for a rescue mission NASA hopes it never needs.
Weather Improves for Monday Shuttle Launch to Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's chances to launch the space shuttle Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope on Monday just got better.
Space Shuttle Cleared for Monday Launch to Hubble
NASA cleared the space shuttle Atlantis for its planned Monday launch to the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-delayed mission aimed at extending the iconic observatory's lifespan.
Hubble's Final Fix-It Flight Almost Never Was
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The stage is set for NASA's last trek to the Hubble Space Telescope, with seven astronauts and two space shuttles waiting in the wings to fly a risky mission that almost never was.
Astronauts Arrive at Spaceport for Hubble Mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ? Seven excited astronauts arrived at NASA's Florida spaceport on Friday as the clocks began counting down for their mission to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope one last time.
Weather Looks Good for Monday Space Shuttle Launch
Final preparations are under way for NASA's planned launch next week of the space shuttle Atlantis to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble Huggers Ecstatic for Telescope's Facelift
NEW YORK - It's hard to tell who's more excited for Hubble's upcoming facelift ? the scientists who will benefit from the data the telescope collects, or the public who will enjoy the pretty pictures.
Astronauts' Choice: Hubble Telescope's Best Cosmic Views
Each of the seven NASA astronauts set to launch to the Hubble Space Telescope next week has a favorite view of the universe courtesy of the long-lived observatory, adding some extra motivation to their vital orbital repair mission.
Hubble Telescope Poised for Grand Cosmic Finale
Its exquisite images have graced the pages of astronomy books and calendars all over the world and provided astronomers with invaluable information on the mysteries of the universe.
Fixing Hubble: Space Mechanics Set for Last Service Call
After months of delay, NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is just one week away from launching seven eager astronauts to give the iconic Hubble Space Telescope one last makeover.
STS-125: Hubble?s Last Visitors Prepare to Launch
Shuttle Flight to Save Hubble Telescope to Launch May 11
The space shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts are officially set for a planned May 11 launch to give the Hubble Space Telescope one last upgrade, NASA announced Thursday.
Space Debris Risk Refined for Shuttle Mission to Hubble
Atlantis astronauts face an increased risk of a deadly strike from space debris during their upcoming mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. But NASA has taken steps to reduce the risk from levels anticipated last year, despite the growth in space junk highlighted by February's collision of two satellites.
Routine Quarantine Helps Astronauts Avoid Illness Before Launch
While no one wants to get swine flu, it would be particularly disastrous for the astronauts preparing to ride the space shuttle Atlantis on May 11 for their mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mission to Save Hubble Could Launch a Day Early
WASHINGTON - NASA is hoping to launch the space shuttle Atlantis on the last service call to the Hubble Space Telescope a day earlier than planned to avoid schedule conflicts near its Florida launch site, agency officials said Thursday.
Sight: Twin Shuttles at Launch Pad for Last Time
For what may be only the fourth time in history, two space shuttles sat exposed on NASA's two launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this weekend. The rare sight came to a close Monday as each shuttle was covered by rotating sections of their pads' structures.
Ship For Hubble Shuttle Flight Moves to Launch Pad
The space shuttle Endeavour rolled out to a Florida launch pad on Friday to stand by for an unprecedented rescue mission NASA hopes it never has to fly.
Eager to Hug Hubble Again
Many fans of the Hubble Space Telescope call themselves "Hubble huggers," but only one means that literally.
NASA Moves Rescue Shuttle for Risky Hubble Repair Mission
NASA's rescue ship for a risky May shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope moved a step closer to its Florida launch pad on Friday.
NASA Has Hubble
Cake, Just Can't Eat It
In May, NASA will launch a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. On Saturday, the space agency's goals were slightly different: to serve the Hubble Space Telescope.
Astronauts Tweet Their Horn
Call him @Astro_Mike. That's the latest digital moniker of NASA astronaut Michael Massimino, who has invited the world to tag along via the Twitter micro-blogging Web site as he trains for a May space shuttle mission to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.
Photographs Peoples' Choice
The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed a group of colliding galaxies that won a cosmic popularity contest voted on by the public.
Space Shuttle Moves to Launch Pad
The space shuttle Atlantis moved out to its seaside launch pad in Florida early Tuesday to prepare for NASA's long-delayed final flight to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope.
to Save Hubble Ready for Rollout
A long-awaited mission to repair and upgrade the venerable Hubble Space Telescope will get serious next week when the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Calls on Public to Vote For Hubble Telescope's Target
NASA is turning control of the Hubble Space Telescope over to the general public to give non-scientists a chance to choose which target the iconic observatory should turn its camera eyes on next.
Postpones Decision On Hubble Standby Shuttle
NASA's space operations chief has delayed until March a decision on whether a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope will tie up one or both space shuttle launch pads, a decision that could impact the scheduled July test flight for the Ares I-X launch vehicle.
2008 ? Failure Postpones Hubble Overhaul
NASA Might Change Hubble Mission Requirement to Keep Ares 1-X on Schedule
WASHINGTON - NASA officials are weighing whether they need two space shuttle launch pads to support the upcoming Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission or if they can get by with one launch pad, a shift that would help keep the planned July test flight of the Ares 1-X launch vehicle on schedule.
Repair Mission Set for May 12, 2009
NASA announced today a target launch date for the Space Shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope: May 12, 2009.
NASA Delays Hubble Shuttle Mission to May 2009
The fallout from a major glitch with the Hubble Space Telescope has again delayed NASA's plans to send a space shuttle crew to overhaul the orbital observatory for the final time, with launch now set for no earlier than May 2009 due to problems with a spare part, the agency said late Thursday.
Hubble Space Telescope
Bounces Back from Glitches
The Hubble Space Telescope appears to be in good health after weeks of troubleshooting following a debilitating glitch that thwarted its ability to beam cosmic images back to Earth, NASA officials said Wednesday.
Hubble Back on Track to Resume Operations
One week after two anomalous events caused a snag in NASA's attempt to revive the Hubble Space Telescope, the orbital observatory is nearly back up and running, with science operations set to resume this weekend.
Hits Snag in Reviving Hubble Space Telescope
NASA's attempt to revive the ailing Hubble Space Telescope has hit a snag, leaving the iconic observatory's return to science observations in limbo until two new glitches can be solved, agency officials said Friday.
Hubble Space Telescope's Reboot Going Well
NASA's long-distance effort to revive the ailing Hubble Space Telescope is going well, with the orbital observatory on track to resume science observations by week's end, agency officials said Thursday.
to Begin Hubble Space Telescope Fix
NASA engineers hope to begin reviving the ailing Hubble Space Telescope Wednesday with a days-long switch to a backup system after a hardware failure cut off its ability to transmit images back to Earth last month.
Repair Delay Puts Ares 1-X Rocket Test on Hold
WASHINGTON ? NASA's postponement of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission until at least February is all but certain to delay the first test flight of the U.S. space agency's new astronaut-launching rocket.
Plan to Revive Hubble Space Telescope
NASA engineers are finalizing plans to resuscitate the ailing Hubble Space Telescope, which has been unable to beam home its trademark iconic images of the universe for weeks due to equipment failure.
Is the Broken
Hubble Telescope Worth Saving?
In light of the most recent glitch on the Hubble Space Telescope, a serious equipment failure that means the observatory is unable to send data back to Earth, some are beginning to wonder, is Hubble still worth saving?
NASA Delays Shuttle Mission to Hubble Telescope
NASA has delayed the last shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope until early 2009 in order to repair a broken device that is blocking the orbital observatory from sending its iconic images of the cosmos back to Earth, agency officials said late Monday
Hubble Space Telescope Suffers Serious Failure
A serious equipment failure aboard the Hubble Space Telescope is preventing it from relaying data and images to scientists on Earth and delayed plans to launch a shuttle mission to overhaul the observatory next month, NASA officials said Monday.
Space Telescope Ready for Its Close-up
HOUSTON ? The Hubble Space Telescope is poised to get a vital facelift, and a final farewell, from an astronaut crew when NASA's shuttle Atlantis launches next month.
Eager for Hubble's Facelift
Scientists are eagerly awaiting a much-needed facelift planned for the world's favorite space telescope.
Mission to Hubble: Some Assembly Required
The delicate equipment to refurbish the 18-year-old Hubble Space Telescope has begun arriving at Kennedy Space Center, presenting payload managers with one of their greatest challenges.
Telescope Hits Orbit 100,000
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) hit the 100,000-orbit mark today, nearly two decades after it launched into space.
Astronauts Eager for Risky Mission to Hubble
Seven NASA astronauts are eagerly looking forward to a risky, but pivotal, shuttle flight to the Hubble Space Telescope this fall.
Coming Together for Next Space Shuttle Launch
The pieces are coming together for NASA's next shuttle mission: the final service call on the Hubble Space Telescope.
Delays Shuttle Flight to Hubble Space Telescope
HOUSTON - NASA has pushed back the planned launch of the final flight to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope by up to five weeks due to external fuel tank delays, mission managers said Thursday.
Whole New View: Hubble Overhaul to Boost Telescope's Reach
When astronauts overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope this summer, they will leave behind a vastly more powerful orbital observatory to scan the universe.
2007 ? Hubble Service Call Looms
NASA Sets Launch
Date to Overhaul Hubble Space Telescope
NASA's final shuttle mission to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope has a firm September 2008 launch date, the space agency announced Thursday.
2006 ? Hubble?s Year of Salvation
Hubble Saved: NASA Approves Shuttle Flight to Service Space Telescope
The decision is in and the Hubble Space Telescope is saved. NASA announced Tuesday that it will go ahead with one final space shuttle mission to repair and upgrade Hubble after months of debate over the risks of such an endeavor.
Decision Day: NASA
to Announce Hubble Space Telescope's Future Today
The fate of the Hubble Space Telescope will be announced today by NASA chief Michael Griffin after months of debate over whether the payoff from one last shuttle mission to the orbital observatory is worth the risk to an astronaut crew.
Puzzle: How Safe is a Shuttle Servicing Mission?
Despite the success of NASA's second shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia tragedy, the decision to launch astronauts to the Hubble Space Telescope remains uncertain as top agency officials debate its safety.
Decision Time Nears for Hubble-Bound Shuttle Mission
2005 ? Hubble in the Balance
The Hubble telescope is the Ansel Adams of space photography. Its crystal-clear keepsake images have brought great insight into the grand majesty of the cosmos.
Lawmaker Urges NASA on Hubble Mission
White House Cuts
Hubble Servicing Mission from 2006 Budget Request
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 de-orbiting the popular spacecraft at the end of its life, according to government and industry sources.
2004 ? Hubble?s Fate in Question
Amid uncertainty over the fate of the Hubble Space Telescope and with a key instrument not working, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe gave the go-ahead Monday for planning a robotic servicing mission.
Hubble Health Report: Telescope's Life Expectancy Predicted
Fight for Hubble Continues, Outgoing Director Vows
Hubble Telescope's Chief Advocate to Step Down
Commentary: On Saving Hubble, NASA Chief Listens with One Ear
NASA Urged to Keep Shuttle Servicing Mission to Hubble an Option
O'Keefe: NASA to Pursue Robotic Mission to Save Hubble
O'Keefe Says Robotic Options for Hubble More Promising than Thought
Hubble Space Telescope Study Group Selected
Robotic Hubble Servicing Mission Plans Under Review
NASA Studies Robot Servicing of Hubble
Hubble Resolution Introduced in the Senate
Hubble-Fixing Astronaut Calls NASA Decision a 'Huge, Huge Mistake'
NASA's O'Keefe Stands Firm on Hubble Decision, But Agrees to New Study
U.S. Senators Demand Reviews of NASA Hubble Decision
'Back Room' Decision to Cancel Hubble Servicing Criticized
Save Hubble Resolution Introduced in House
Critics of Hubble Decision Don't Have the Big Picture, NASA Says
Heads Up! Debate over Deorbiting Hubble
NASA Firm on Hubble Decision but Would Listen to Options
Senator Repeats Plea for Hubble Reprieve, But Realistic About Outcome
NASA Chief: Hubble Decision Under Review
The Public Strikes Back
Public Bombards Operators to Save Hubble
MORE FROM SPACE.com