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NASA delays Hubble Mission to May 2009

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November 4, 2008

The fallout from a major glitch with the Hubble Space Telescope has again delayed NASA's plans to send a space shuttle crew to overhaul the orbital observatory for the final time, with launch now set for no earlier than May 2009 due to problems with a spare part, the agency said late Thursday.

NASA was hoping to launch seven astronauts to Hubble aboard the shuttle Atlantis on Oct. 14, but delayed the mission to February after a serious hardware failure prevented the space telescope from relaying the bulk of its images and data to Earth late last month.