• December 14, 2006

    Episode 73: HubbleWatch for December 2006

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    Could microbes survive on Mars? Along with microbiologists at the University of Maryland, astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute have been studying how microbes adapt to frigid temperatures by clustering together to protect each other from the cold. It's good news for the Hubble Space Telescope - NASA has decided to launch another servicing mission to repair and update the telescope. Four previous servicing missions have kept Hubble at peak performance, but the last one was canceled after the Columbia shuttle disaster in 2003. In addition to fixing degraded components, astronauts will provide Hubble with a new camera and other instruments to make it more powerful than ever.