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NASA Scraps Future Hubble Telescope Repair Missions

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NASA Scraps Future Hubble Telescope Repair Missions

NASA Scraps Future Hubble Telescope Repair Missions

NASA Scraps Future Hubble Telescope Repair Missions

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NPR's Richard Harris tells NPR's Michele Norris about the decision to cancel any further repair missions to the Hubble Space Telescope, which means the prized scientific tools will likely fail within a few years. A mission to extend the telescope's life has been cancelled because there would be no safe refuge for astronauts while they were doing the work — a precaution now required by NASA in the aftermath of the Columbia shuttle disaster.