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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hubble Is Set to Make More Awesome Cosmic Discoveries thru 2021...

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope before it is docked with the orbiter Atlantis during space shuttle flight STS-125, on May 13, 2009.
NASA

NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations Contract (Press Release - June 23)

NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

This action will extend the period of performance from July 1 through June 30, 2021. The contract value will increase by approximately $196.3 million for a total contract value of $2.03 billion.

This contract extension covers the work necessary to continue the science program of the Hubble mission by the Space Telescope Science Institute. The support includes the products and services required to execute science system engineering, science ground system development, science operations, science research, grants management and public outreach support for Hubble and data archive support for missions in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes.

After the final space shuttle servicing mission to the telescope in 2009, Hubble is better than ever. Hubble is expected to continue to provide valuable data into the 2020’s, securing its place in history as an outstanding general purpose observatory in areas ranging from our solar system to the distant universe.

In 2018, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be launched into space as the premier observatory of the next decade, serving astronomers worldwide to build on Hubble’s legacy of discoveries and help unlock some of the biggest mysteries of the universe.

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An image of a stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29...taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope for the 25th anniversary of its launch aboard space shuttle Discovery.
NASA / ESA

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