NASA is working on a plan to keep Hubble alive (by flying a SpaceX ship there)

NASA is working on a plan to keep Hubble alive (by flying a SpaceX ship there)

NASA has partnered with SpaceX and the Polaris program to explore the potential of using a Dragon spacecraft to push the Hubble Space Telescope into a higher orbit, thereby extending its lifespan.

Since its launch in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has become a science powerhouse. To date, it has captured over 1.5 million observations of the cosmos and fueled the publication of over 19,000 scientific papers.

Unfortunately, the legendary telescope cannot continue to observe the sky indefinitely. Hubble is starting to show its age. Over the past three decades, the trusty observatory has suffered a host of hardware and software problems, the most serious of which were resolved during daring maintenance missions in the age of shuttles.

However, despite these difficulties, it remains an impressive tool for astronomers trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

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