Our Eye in the Sky
Nasa has decided to try to save the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope by sending a Canadian-made robot to fix it, say agency officials.
"Everybody says, 'We want to save the Hubble' - well, let's go save the Hubble," O'Keefe was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "Rather than just sitting there and talking about how we think we're going to do it, we've got an option we're ready to go with."
It will cost up to $1.6 billion (about £0.9bn) to save the telescope, which has peered back to the very beginnings of the universe, found planets outside our solar system and taken dramatic pictures of stars being born.
Unlike the dubious and thankfully forgotten Mars mission, the Hubble telescope has proven its scientific worth a hundred fold. In the years it's been in orbit, it has seen farther than humans ever dreamed possible. The knowledge we've gained about the origins of the Universe have expanded our understanding of the cosmos beyond what we ever thought it could. As one of the few remaining international outlets for cooperation left for the US, it's worth extends beyond the scientific, into the politcal and I for one, am glad that we'll be saving it.
Way to go, Canada!
Edited for Fnords.