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Using robots to fix the Hubble

Since NASA is too scared to send any astronauts up in the Shuttle, and since Bush has decided to sideline the Hubble, scientists are increasingly trying to figure out innovative ways to keep the thing running. The latest idea? Send up robots! From MSNBC:

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is now reviewing ideas from a variety of groups, including university and major aerospace firms. According to Space.com sources, Goddard has received 27 proposals ranging from a few pages to a 200-page tome from a leading aerospace firm.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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