Apparently, the Bush administration requires another causality. According to CNN, the Hubble telescope will go down in a few years, just because there is not enough time left in the lifetime of the space shuttles to send up another maintenance mission. Bush wants them to be retired by 2010 and the ISS has to be completed until then otherwise its completion could not be guaranteed anymore.

Just not enough space shuttle time, thats all!

One may state that there is a replacement planned by 2011, the James Webb Space Telescope, but can it be brought into place without space-shuttles then?

Thank you George, I think the Hubble has done more for science and space research than any other off-earth mission including the manned missions to moon. And now it has to be cut just to keep other missions on schedule.
(from heise.de)

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