Hubble telescope tuneup given NASA approval

April 06, 2002

A month after undergoing the most sweeping tune-up in its 12-year history, the Hubble Space Telescope has been given a clean bill of health by NASA scientists.

Preliminary tests showed that extensive new hardware installed by astronauts last month in a series of five grueling spacewalks appears to be working flawlessly.

The centerpiece of last month's mission was a new electrical system and a state-of-the art camera that promises a tenfold improvement in the $2 billion telescope's ability to find distant objects. NASA said the first images from the new camera should arrive around the first week of May.

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