CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Next month's shuttle flight to the
Hubble Space Telescope faces an increased risk from orbiting
The shuttle Atlantis will be flying in a higher altitude where
there's more space junk. Managers at NASA's highest levels will
need to sign off on the mission because of the higher risk.
New numbers put the odds of a catastrophic strike by a
micrometeorite at about 1-in-185. Shuttle program director John
Shannon said Monday that compares to 1-in-300 odds for a shuttle
flight to the international space station.
Hubble is at a considerably higher and dirtier orbit than the
space station - 350 miles versus just over 200 miles. Seven
astronauts will be aboard the spaceship. It is now scheduled for
launch on Oct. 10.
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