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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Robot to Rescue Hubble?

NASA is reportedly planning to send a robot into orbit to repair the Hubble space telescope. Plans won't be finalized until next summer, but the leading robot candidate is "Dextre," developed by the Canadian Space Agency. Hubble needs its batteries and gyroscopes replaced; once a repair is complete, Hubble should be good for another five years.