As German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and French Minister of
Research Francois d'Aubert looked on, Arianespace and EADS signed a
contract at the Berlin Air Show Monday for the production of 30
Edward Weiler, NASA associate administrator for space science,
puts it like this: "I'm not saying it's a done deal. A lot of water
needs to go under the bridge, but it's looking a lot better than it
did two months ago."
He's talking about the possibility of a rescue mission to the
Hubble Space Telescope -- one that wouldn't involve the space
shuttles or human beings, for that matter. But by his statement, it
seems pretty clear that NASA is quickly warming up to the idea of a
robotic mission to the space telescope.