- Press Release
- August 7, 2022
NASA Administrator Supports Efforts of the National Academies on Behalf of Hubble Space Telescope
The following is a statement from Administrator Sean
O’Keefe regarding today’s release of an interim report from
the Committee on the Assessment of Options for Extending the
Life of the Hubble Space Telescope from The National
Academies in Washington.
“I deeply appreciate the timely efforts of Committee Chair
Louis Lanzerotti and the other distinguished members of the
National Academies committee. Their thoughtful diligence in
preparing this interim report will inform the ongoing
discussion and help reach a definitive resolution in our
efforts to extend Hubble’s service life.
“We agree with the Committee’s view that the Hubble Space
Telescope is arguably the most important telescope in
history. NASA is committed to exploring ways to safely extend
the useful scientific life of Hubble.
“The challenges of a robotic mission are under examination
and we’ll continue our exhaustive and aggressive efforts to
assess innovative servicing options. In parallel with the
Committee’s ongoing research and deliberations, NASA will
evaluate proposals we expect to receive shortly. Along the
way, we’ll keep options open to assure the best possible
“I look forward to receiving the Committee’s final report.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a national treasure. Just as we
are committed to meeting the recommendations and findings of
the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and returning the
Space Shuttle to safe flight, we’re committed to doing
everything possible to safely extend the scientific life of
this valuable asset.”
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