From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Thu Dec 04 2003 - 06:02:25 PST
December 3, 2003 | Can you imagine shutting down the Hubble Space Telescope even if it were still working perfectly? Six months ago NASA was thinking of doing just that in 2010. Such a move would save up to $200 million dollars a year, enabling the cash-strapped agency to keep Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, on track for a planned launch in 2011. NASA has since stopped threatening to turn off the world's most famous telescope, but Hubble is far from out of danger of coming to a premature end.
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