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Suggested Citation:"Enclosure C: Acknowledgement of Reviewers." National Research Council. 2004. Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11051.
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Enclosure C
Acknowledgement of Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Roger Blandford, Stanford University,

Wendy Freedman, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution,

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University,

George Paulikas, The Aerospace Corporation (retired),

Harvey Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,

Kathryn Thornton, University of Virginia,

Chris Whipple, ENVIRON International Corporation, and

Peter Wilhelm, Naval Research Laboratory.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by William Press, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and John Ahearne, Sigma Xi. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

Suggested Citation:"Enclosure C: Acknowledgement of Reviewers." National Research Council. 2004. Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11051.
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Following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and subsequent to the report of the board created to investigate the accident, NASA, citing safety reasons, decided to limit shuttle flights to International Space Station missions and to investigate other options for extending Hubble’s life. Congressional concern over this decision prompted it to ask for an independent assessment. In response the chair of the investigative board called for a study of the risks and benefits of using the shuttle for the servicing mission, and NASA subsequently asked the NRC for this study. This letter report presents preliminary findings and recommendations of that study. It urges NASA to commit to a servicing mission, notes that a proposed robotic mission would be quite complex and require significant development, and states that NASA should not preclude a shuttle servicing mission at this time. A final report will be released this fall.

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