What Will Nasa Do for an Encore?

The flight to fix the Hubble Telescope may have been a triumph, but the agency's future is still clouded

As the launch date for the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission loomed during the waning days of November, NASA's veteran spin controllers did their best to lower public expectations. The seven astronauts who would ride into orbit aboard Endeavour faced the toughest assignment ever handed to a shuttle crew and the most complicated mission since the moonshots of two decades ago. They would have to wrestle huge pieces of machinery into tight spaces, disconnect and connect fragile electronic equipment, and make sure no loose screws damaged the delicate telescope -- all while wearing puffy pressure suits and bulky gloves in a...

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