NASA recently announced a new Space Act Agreement — or partnership — with SpaceX, and the Polaris Program, which will see the collaborators explore the potential of using a Dragon spacecraft to boost the Hubble Space Telescope’s degrading orbit.The 6-month feasibility study will also examine whether such a mission could service the telescope by, for example, replacing some of the gyroscopes that help Hubble remain steady as it makes observations of distant stars and galaxies.In an ideal scenario, NASA and SpaceX would look to boost Hubble back up to its initial orbit 380 miles above Earth — a move which would significantly extend its scientific career, and allow it to complement observations made by the James Webb Space Telescope.Regardless, whilst Hubble and Dragon are set to be the focus of the new study, its findings could be used to inform any future missions seeking to service a spacecraft or give it an orbital boost
“Missions such as servicing Hubble would help us expand space capabilities to ultimately help all of us achieve our goals of becoming a space-faring, multi-planetary civilization.”
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