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The Hubble Telescope today continues to use cutting-edge technology to deliver over 10 gigabytes of information to astronomers on a daily basis. However, the future of the Hubble Telescope hangs in the balance. The Hubble Telescope needs a replacement to its stabilizing gyroscopes. Without a servicing mission, the Hubble could re-enter the atmosphere any time after 2010. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is attempting to undertake a servicing mission some time between 2007 to 2008. If the endeavor comes to fruition, The Hubble Telescope will receive new batteries, gyroscopes, a guidance sensor, and an upgrade of its scientific instruments. The mission would keep the Hubble in operation until at least 2013.
A successor to the Hubble Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for a launch into space in 2013.