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NASA's Mission to Repair Hubble

By Ed O'Keefe

The Washington Post's NASA reporter Joel Achenbach reports this week from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

"Almost overlooked in the hoopla over Monday's launch of the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope has been another piece of gee-whiz space technology that will soon be only a museum exhibit: the space shuttle," he reports in today's Post.

"There are only nine shuttle missions left, including the one that started when Atlantis blasted off through a thin layer of clouds drifting high above the Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts plan to latch onto the Hubble on Wednesday and then, early Thursday, begin a series of spacewalks in which they will replace, and in some cases repair on the spot, many of the telescope's scientific instruments."

"At the same time this is happening, NASA has ordered up a review of the entire human Space flight program and we don't really know what's going to come of that," Achenbach says in the video above. "The Obama administration essentially wants to do some due diligence on the whole human program and figure out what we're doing, why we're doing it and how much money we're spending. It's kind of an interesting moment to see if the architecture in the pipeline will survive that review."

(Video shot and produced by washingtonpost.com's assistant managing editor for video, Chet Rhodes.)

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
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