NASA named Ken Ford, head of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Florida, to chair a study on space exploration, including manned missions. Technology, rocket propulsion and communications are among areas that the nine-month, $592,000 study will target.
NASA chief Sean O'Keefe is seriously considering a robotic mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, according to NASA's chief scientist, John Grunsfeld. One of the key factors in getting O'Keefe behind the plan, Grunsfeld said, was showing how a robotic servicing mission fit into President Bush's call for robots that would help set up a lunar base for manned missions to Mars.
The new plan for a robotic mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope may not be adequate to install the necessary instruments. NASA head Sean O'Keefe shouldn't sacrifice Hubble for manned lunar and Mars missions that haven't even been well defined.
NASA said yesterday that the National Academy of Sciences would review its decision about whether a shuttle mission should be flown to service the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA chief Sean O'Keefe said he also wanted the Academy to study ways in which Hubble could be used more efficiently over its useful life, even without a service mission.
The chairman of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, Ret. Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., will review NASA's decision not to send a shuttle mission to refurbish the Hubble Space Telescope. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., requested the review after NASA head Sean O'Keefe said there would be no more servicing missions for Hubble.