Costly Repairs, and the Future of the Hubble Telescope

Telescope This week, the House Committee on Science held hearings to discuss the future of the Hubble Space Telescope. The orbiting observatory is in need of repairs to keep it operating safely — however, NASA administrators are not sure that they want to attempt a costly and risky repair mission. In addition, some recent press reports have indicated that funding for a repair mission may already have been stricken from the federal budget. We'll talk about possible options for the Hubble program, and what might come next in orbital astronomy.

Guests:

Sandra Faber, professor of astronomy and astrophysics , University of California Santa Cruz. Astronomer, University of California, Observatories

Joseph Rothenberg, former associate administrator for Space Flight. Former director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, president, Universal Space Network

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