NASA Sets Oct. 8 Date For Shuttle's Hubble Mission

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's final visit to the Hubble
Space Telescope is now set for October 8th.
Shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven were supposed to fly to
Hubble at the end of August.
But the mission was delayed because of extra time needed to
build the shuttle fuel tanks required for the flight and a
potential rescue mission.
NASA today announced the new launch date for Atlantis, and
pushed back Endeavour's supply mission to the international space
station from October 16th -- to November 10th.
The Atlantis crew will repair and upgrade the 18-year-old Hubble
telescope.
Under the Hubble mission plan, NASA needs a second shuttle
waiting to launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida case of an
emergency.
Discovery is set to launch May 31st to deliver and install a
massive Japanese lab at the space station.
Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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