Hubble 3D premieres this week

A spectacular new IMAX movie features footage filmed aboard the Hubble

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From a breathtaking close-up of the liftoff of the space shuttle Atlantis, which envelops the camera in smoke, to a successful instrument repair in bulky spacesuits, Hubble 3D puts the audience in the middle of the outer space. Technology and entertainment journalist Susan Karlin offers a preview of the 40-minute film, which opens this week.

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NASA is ready to perform a workaround to get the recently crippled Hubble Space Telescope back in working order. As we wrote a few weeks ago (see Hubble Telescope Failure Causes NASA to Scramble), the Hubble is dark due to a failure in its Science Instrument Control and Data Handling (SIC&DH) unit. The malfunction took out the data communications system's Side A circuit, for reasons unknown (other than old age). So the U.S. space agency has compiled a procedure to activate its Side B circuit by remote control from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., …

 
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Astronauts Wrap Up Repair Work on Hubble Telescope

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