Hubble mission to be announced Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

Hubble mission to be announced Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

Hubble mission to be announced Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

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Oct. 29 2006 10:57 PM

Hubble mission to be announced Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

NASA has issued a press release saying that a decision on whether or not they will service Hubble Space Telescope will be announced Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

I read the release with some laughter, because right after that statement, they said this:

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If the decision is made to go ahead with a servicing mission, NASA will hold several other media events on Tuesday, Oct. 31 (all times Eastern):

2:30 p.m. News conference with the astronauts who would carry out the mission from Johnson; broadcast live on NASA TV. Questions from reporters will be taken from Goddard, Kennedy and NASA Headquarters.

3:30 to 5 p.m. Media interview opportunities on NASA TV. Hubble Space Telescope experts will be available for satellite interviews. The specific experts are TBD.

5 to 7 p.m. Astronaut media interview opportunities on NASA TV. Certain servicing crew members will be available for satellite interviews. The specific astronauts are TBD.

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Media interested in the astronaut satellite interviews must contact the Johnson Newsroom at XXX-XXX-XXXX [number deleted] by 6 p.m. EST Oct. 30. The astronaut satellite interviews will be carried live on the NASA TV analog satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude; transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

To schedule a satellite interview with a Hubble Space Telescope expert, media must contact Ed Campion at Goddard at XXX-XXX-XXXX by 5 p.m. EST Oct. 30.

Now, if I were NASA -- and if I were, a lot of the past, oh, 30 years of space travel would look a whole lot different right now -- and I were saying "We may or may not go back up to fix Hubble", I wouldn't immediately follow up that statement with 10 times as many words on how the press can find out more about the astronauts, scientists, and engineers and how to schedule interviews with them.

But that's just me.

Wait, no it's not. Emily noticed it too.

I have no qualms at all saying that I'm sure this is already a done deal. I said that on Coast to Coast AM last week, and I'm sayin' it again now. NASA will go ahead with the mission. They've made some bad decisions in the past, and they'll make more in the future, but this is one I think they won't screw up.