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Hubble Service Mission To Slip

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  • Michael P. Borgia
    Although NASA has made no official announcement yet, it is now a virtual certainty that the upcoming flight of STS-125 to service the Hubble Space Telescope
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2008
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      Although NASA has made no official announcement yet, it is now a virtual certainty that the upcoming flight of STS-125 to service the Hubble Space Telescope will be delayed by at least five weeks.
       
      The delay is due to external tank production issues.  NASA has now exhausted the supply of tanks manufactured prior to the Columbia accident and the two tanks needed for the mission are being built from the ground up.  Staff at the Michoud Assembly Facility are still struggling to keep up the pace after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area.
       
      The launch is currently planned for August 25 but will likely slip into early October now.  STS-124 has already been delayed by one week for the same reason.
    • Steven Long
      ... Bummer. Steve
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 1, 2008
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        Michael P. Borgia wrote:

        > Although NASA has made no official announcement yet, it is now a virtual
        > certainty that the upcoming flight of STS-125 to service the Hubble
        > Space Telescope will be delayed by at least five weeks.
        >
        > The delay is due to external tank production issues. NASA has now
        > exhausted the supply of tanks manufactured prior to the Columbia
        > accident and the two tanks needed for the mission are being built from
        > the ground up. Staff at the Michoud Assembly Facility are still
        > struggling to keep up the pace after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area.
        >
        > The launch is currently planned for August 25 but will likely slip into
        > early October now. STS-124 has already been delayed by one week for the
        > same reason.
        >

        Bummer.

        Steve
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