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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 17:15:39 EDT
Subject: Hubble news, Big Sunspot

Hi all,

1. HST - 15 y.o., going on 20 or more?
   Good news - possibly! New Administrator of NASA, Mike Griffin, has 
directed the Agency to begin planning for a possible servicing mission to the Hubble 
Space Telescope. As you may know, the previous Administrator, Sean O'Keeffe, 
cancelled future plans for servicing of the HST by the Space Shuttle, which 
would have doomed the telescope to no more than 2 or 3 more years of working 
life, or less if another gyro fails. With servicing, Hubble could continue its 
superb work for many more years - at least until its successor, the James Webb 
Space Telescope, is launched. The servicing mission is by no means guaranteed, 
but the fact that it's being considered is great news.  For more info, see the 
Space.com article at www.space.com/news/050429_hubble_griffin.html.

2. Keep an eye on the lovely big sunspot, AR 756. No aurora alerts yet, but 
keep a lookout just in case.

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley


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