New NASA budget expected to scuttle Hubble rescue plan
On orders from the White House, NASA's next budget reportedly will scuttle as too costly all proposals to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope with a manned shuttle mission or robots.
If upheld by Congress, the decision would mean that the space observatory is likely to suffer gyroscope breakdowns or battery failures that would cripple it by 2007.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat who has strongly supported the space telescope program, vowed over the weekend to continue her fight to save the Hubble.
This would be a terrible loss for science and American prestige. Let’s hope Senator Mikulski can save it.