WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Astronomical Society
(AAS), the largest professional organization for research astronomers in
the United States has released the following statement on the approval of a
servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope.
Upon releasing the statement, President J. Craig Wheeler said, "We owe
a debt of gratitude to Administrator Griffin for making this critical
decision and to the astronauts, whose personal skills, training, and
courage will get the job done."
On the Approval of a Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission
The American Astronomical Society applauds NASA Administrator Michael
Griffin for approving the servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope.
By orbiting above the Earth's atmosphere, HST has the best site for
astronomical observation and has used that unique advantage to uncover more
about our Universe than any previous telescope. From planets in our Solar
System to the furthest reaches of the Universe, HST has peered deeper and
seen farther. Approving the use of the Space Shuttle to provide new
instruments and repair aging equipment on the HST shows that NASA
understands the value of scientific research to the public. We thank the
Administrator and the talented astronauts who will perform this servicing
mission. They will enhance this national resource and extend its life.
SOURCE American Astronomical Society