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NASA Plans Earlier Hubble Rescue

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Science  19 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5409, pp. 1827
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5409.1827a

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- For months, NASA has been weighing the possibility of losing its most productive science instrument, the Hubble Space Telescope, against the certainty of disrupting a carefully choreographed launch schedule involving its most important engineering mission, the international space station. Hubble won. NASA announced last week that it will mount a special space shuttle mission in October to replace failing gyroscopes that threaten to cripple the telescope's ability to do science.