The White House has rejected a funding request to conduct repairs on the Hubble telescope. The request would have funded a human or robot repairperson, and sources say it would have cost over one billion dollars.
The Hubble still functions and has delivered stunning pictures of outer space for 15 years. The original mission was to only operate for 15 years but this was later extended to 20 years with 2010 as an end date.
Without this funding, the Hubble will continue to operate until it ceases to function. Under the budget proposal, astronauts were to install new equipment and visit the telescope periodically.