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Space Telescope's Chief Scientist Recalls How Hubble Was Saved

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Science  07 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5941, pp. 669
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_669

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David Leckrone, who will retire this October after 17 years as chief scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, told Science last week that he expects all of Hubble's instruments to be doing science by early fall. He also shared some of the drama from the days leading up to—and during—the long-awaited final mission in May to refurbish the 18-year-old telescope. His answers have been edited for brevity.