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Project Updates 2006


NASA Approves Mission and Names Crew for Return to Hubble

Shuttle astronauts will make one final house call to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as part of a mission to extend and improve the observatory's capabilities through 2013. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced plans for a fifth servicing mission to Hubble during a meeting with agency employees at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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Servicing Mission 4 Update.

The Hubble Space Telescope Program, resident at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, continues to work toward a possible Servicing Mission 4 (SM4) in late-2007 or early-2008. Prior to an HST SM4 being approved by the NASA Administrator, the Shuttle must perform two consecutive successful flights: STS-114 (July of 2005), and STS-121 (July of 2006). In addition, an engineering risk analysis also must demonstrate a high degree of safety for the Shuttle and its crew in an SM4 flight to Hubble. Completion of the analysis is expected late October of 2006.

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