Originally posted by Pool-BoyWell, it was bound to happen- Hubble is obsolete now. But it did provide so much great information I think it is a fitting time to retire it.
Honestly, I hope they don't let the think burn up- I'd really like to see them go up and retrieve that thing and have it hanging in a museum. I think the anout of data is collected, and it's place in history deserves some kind of special treatment.
Yeah, you are right, it would be something of a "waste" of money. But if your gonna send a shuttle up anyway, why not? Of course, it seems like every shuttle mission nowadays goes to the Space Station though-
Regarding the medals/ribbons flap, I would suggest that it's mostly journalists who are interested in the story. The press tends to take an unkind attitude when (the collective) they feel they are being or have been lied to.