Udall Hails Hubble Servicing Mission Decision

Press Release From: Rep. Mark Udall
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Westminster, CO- Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO), Ranking Member on the House Science Committee's Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding NASA's decision to launch a Hubble space telescope servicing mission:

"As a longtime supporter of the Hubble Space Telescope, I am pleased that NASA is moving forward with a servicing mission and that Administrator Michael Griffin reversed his earlier plans to cancel efforts to save the telescope.á For three years, I have worked with my colleagues and the scientific community to save Hubble, and last year I succeeded in getting language into the NASA Authorization Act which included a human servicing mission for Hubble. áToday's decision is a victory for science, for exploration, and for Colorado.á

"This servicing mission is important to Colorado because two main instruments that would be installed-the Wide Field Camera 3 and the Cosmic Origins Spectograph-come from Ball Corporation and the University of Colorado.á So with this mission, Colorado will continue to showcase its dynamic space industry, which ranks third in the nation.á á

"Hubble's scientific contributions have amazed us all for fifteen years and it remains one of the most productive scientific instruments in history-certainly NASA's most productive scientific mission. The Hubble has become a symbol of scientific excellence; one that I am proud is set to continue.á As the ranking member on the Space Subcommittee, I will do all I can to ensure that Congress provides the funding to allow the servicing mission to take place."á

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