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Report to NASA by the NAS Committee on the Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope

Status Report From: National Academy of Sciences
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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The National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202 334 3477
www.national-academies.org
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
Space Studies Board

July 13, 2004

The Honorable Sean O'Keefe
Administrator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, DC 20546-0001

Dear Mr. O'Keefe:

At the request of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Research Council recently established the Committee on the Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope.1 The committee's statement of task charges it to assess the viability of a shuttle servicing mission, evaluate robotic and ground operations to extend the life of the telescope as a valuable scientific tool, assess telescope component failures and their impact, and provide an overall risk-benefit assessment of servicing options.2 The statement of task includes the possibility of transmitting an interim report to NASA prior to the submission of a final report.

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