Saturday, January 22, 2005
White House kills Hubble servicing plans
In yet another example where the Administration ignores the advice of the National Academy of Sciences, the 2006 budget request will apparently not include any funds to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
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.The decision came as a surprise to astronomers, who had been hopeful that a servicing mission would be launched.
Of course, the ultimate budget decision is in the hands of Congress, not the White House; it might be time for some letters to your Senators and Representatives.
Update: Here's the National Academy study, if you're interested: summary, full report.