Hubble’s Uncertain Future
picture of HST
Jan. 2004, NASA Director Sean
O’Keefe announced it was too
dangerous to service HST with
a shuttle mission (no aborts).
Without regular service, HST
will fail
Gyroscopes & Orbital Decay
Service also provides upgrades
Computers!  Solar panels, etc.
Instruments!  STIS just failed.
Waiting on the “Next
Generation” Space Telescope
(NGST) renamed the James
Webb Telescope (more later)
The Future:
1. Possible Robotic
Mission (DEXTRE)
2. Decision summer 05