White House cuts Hubble fix-up funds: NASA told to focus on destroying telescope safely

A reader tips me off to this.

It’s ironic that the Hubble Space Telescope is doomed largely due to problems with the Space Shuttle. I consider the shuttle missions to service the Hubble to be among the program’s greatest accomplishments.

…one Senate source predicted that the decision would “go over like a lead balloon” for many lawmakers.

Which is also about how the Hubble is going to come down.

Very sad. Probably very necessary. But very sad.