Hubble's Amazing Rescue takes viewers behind the scenes on a riveting journey with the astronauts and engineers charged with saving the famous Hubble Space Telescope. After nearly 20 years in space, and after capturing hundreds of thousands of spectacular images, the Hubble Space Telescope was dying. Hubble's gyroscopes and sensors were failing, its batteries were running down, and some of its instruments were already dead. The only hope to save it was a mission so dangerous that NASA had already cancelled it once, in 2004. It wouldn't be the first time astronauts had visited Hubble-four previous missions had supplied "replacement" parts. But this time, two of Hubble's instruments-a camera and a spectrograph-had broken down, and no replacements existed. However, stubborn scientists and the general public alike refused to abandon the telescope, and the mission was revived. After five exhausting spacewalks, when each of the delicate-previously considered impossible-tasks was completed, Hubble was gently released back into space, now 10-to-70 times more powerful than when it was first launched, and once again a vital scientific resource.
Rushmore DeNooyer,Scott D. Altman