Journeys Of Discovery

NASA has announced the agenda for the forthcoming set of shuttle missions. Much like the vast majority of the space-geek blogosphere, I’m very pleased to hear that they are going to fix up the Hubble after all – to junk it would have been a tragedy (and probably a bad PR move to boot). And after all, they’re reusing the surviving part of the Deep Impact probe too. But you can’t please all the people all the time – Centauri Dreams is a bit put out by the absence of a launch for the New Worlds Imager project, which would use a ‘starshade’ to enable the detection of distant planetary systems down to planets the size of Earth.