Monday, May 18, 2009

'Never again will Hubble be touched again by human hands'

Three hundred and fifty miles above the Pacific Ocean, astronauts wrapped a 5-day repair job (five space walks, 37 hours) on the Hubble telescope. (Nightly News) The operation, described as "eye surgery on something the size of a school bus", gives Hubble an additional 5-10 years of operation. Installed were new batteries, gyroscopes, a camera and a "light-splitting spectrograph." And that's it. "With the shuttle fleet retiring, never again will Hubble be touched again by human hands…"

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.