Statement by Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TX) on the Release of the National Academies’ Assessment of Options
for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope

“The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the world’s premier scientific instruments.  Congress and NASA owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Louis Lanzerotti and the other members of the Hubble assessment panel for their thorough and thoughtful analysis of the risks and benefits of extending Hubble’s useful life.  Their central recommendation is unambiguous:  NASA should pursue a Shuttle servicing mission to Hubble.  I hope that NASA will heed the Academies’ assessment and move forward to implement its recommendations so that Hubble can continue its program of scientific exploration and discovery for years to come.”