Failure to Fix Hubble Against the Law?

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) vowed to fight for Hubble and she meant it. Reuters reports that the Senator sent a letter to NASA's acting administrator Frederick Gregory in which she "told the space agency that a failure to keep working toward a mission to fix Hubble could be against the law."

According to Reuters the Senator wrote, "I expect NASA to carry out Congress' intent and spend the entire amount appropriated this year so there will be no interruption in the planning, preparation and engineering work that will be necessary for a servicing mission to Hubble."

Meanwhile, calls for a Hubble servicing mission continue. "Hubble's biggest booster," Steven Beckwith, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI), has
his say on Space.com.

And the American Astronomical Society has issued a policy
statement calling for a Hubble servicing.

The next NASA administrator, if one is ever appointed, will have to face the Hubble issue, pronto.

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