NASA and SpaceX announced, through a joint press release, that they are seriously evaluating the possibility to reactivate the Hubble Space Telescope. It should be noted that the Hubble has been operating since 1990about 335 miles above Earth, in an orbit that slowly decays over time, so scientists believe that reactivate it to propel it to a higher and more stable orbit with the spaceship Dragon and at no economic cost to the US government, could add several more years of major operations to its useful life in the space.
“NASA and SpaceX, along with the Programa Polaristhey want to expand the limits of the technology and explore how trade associations can creatively solve complex and challenging problems,” said Jessica Jensen, Vice President of Operations and Customer Integration at SpaceX.
“Missions like the Hubble revival and maintenance would help us expand space capabilities to ultimately help us all achieve our goals of become a multi-planetary space-traveling civilization”, added the scientist.
It should be remembered that Hubble is a international cooperation project between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA)) which is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, United States.
“As our fleet grows, we want to explore a wide range of opportunities to support the strongest and most superlative science missions possible, so reactivating Hubble would be vitally important for several of our future studies,” Jensen concluded.