nasa to send mission to repair and upgrade the hubble space telescope.
from the bbc: The multi-billion-dollar mission has made a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe.
Hubble has obtained the deepest views of the cosmos, finding high-interest objects for other observatories to investigate in detail.
Its studies of the Universe's expansion early in its mission dramatically refined the best estimates for the age of the cosmos. Its pictures have also produced definitive proof for the existence of black holes and confirmed theories of planetary formation. (apparently none of which include a 6,000 year-old earth created by an omnipotent being on a six-day work week followed by a day off...)