ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Jun 6, 2006
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When is Hubble to be retired? How many mission extensions has it had?
It shouldn't last beyond 2025 and will probably be killed by its last control gyroscopes breaking down.
So far the damn thing has been extremely resilient, to say the least. In orbit since 1990, last maintenance mission in May 2009 before the Shuttle went away. That's 12 years.
I would love to see a Starship catching it ("You only leave twice" style) and returning it to Earth solid ground and the NASM; but that's way too complicated (solar arrays and a ton of other things standing in the way).