The Hubble Space Telescope, Launched by NASA in 1990, it has been the protagonist of several of the most important scientific discoveries in space in recent decades. But his 32 years of work do not pass in vain, and the wear and tear is tremendous. To extend your life, Elon Musk and SpaceX have a plan.
NASA and SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, signed a Space Law Agreement to study the feasibility of propelling Hubble into a higher orbit, reported the US aerospace agency.
It would be at no cost to the United States Government, since the study is designed to help the agency understand the business possibilities.
The proposal to help Hubble it grew out of SpaceX, in partnership with the Polaris Program. Other companies may generate similar studies using other rockets or spacecraft as a model.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, explained the details of the agreement with SpaceX and Elon Musk.
“This study is an exciting example of the innovative approaches NASA is exploring through public-private partnerships,” he noted. “As our fleet grows, we want to explore a wide range of opportunities to support scientific missions. strongest and superlative possible.
The contribution of NASA’s Hubble Telescope and how SpaceX, by Elon Musk, would help
The analysis would make it possible to see the feasibility of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft can dock and move the Hubble Telescope safely and stably.
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope It is 593 kilometers above the Earth, but with the passage of time it has been decreasing in its height. Boosting it to a higher orbit would add several years of operations.
Jessica Jensen, Vice President of Operations and Customer Integration at SpaceX, said, “SpaceX and the Polaris Program want to push the boundaries of current technology and explore how trade associations can creatively solve complex and challenging problems.”
Among the data collected by Hubble in its work of more than 30 years, the rethinking of some ideas regarding the age of the universe stands out. He discovered signs of the existence of black holes, disk-shaped gas clouds and details of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, among other images sent.