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Hubble's future up in the air

Launched in 1989, the space-based telescope is currently one of astrophysics' most valuable tools


Wendy Freedman, director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, said NASA was asking the right questions with the Bahcall committee. "At some point, it makes sense to go on and do new things -- the risks, budget and promise of greater potential make this easy to determine," she said. "The question is, is HST at this point? Or not?"

Faber of the University of California said she thought there was a lot of support to keep Hubble going.

"Hubble is unique. Nothing else can do what it can do," she said. "Once it's gone, we're going to be paralyzed. We've gotten hooked. We're addicted."

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