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Astronomy

NASA delays Hubble repair mission due to telescope glitch

A malfunction on the Hubble Space Telescope over the weekend has forced NASA to delay, probably until next year, a planned space shuttle mission to repair and upgrade the orbiting observatory, the agency announced today.

Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons said that a problem developed on Saturday with a science data download system, preventing the Hubble from transmitting data to the ground. Officials said NASA personnel were trying to switch to a backup system on board, but that process could take several days.

Full story from Washington Post.