From the October 2009 issue

Is there a plan to retrieve the Hubble Space Telescope from space to preserve it in the Smithsonian Institution or elsewhere for future generations to appreciate?

Joseph Rusz, Herndon, Virginia
By | Published: October 26, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
December 2009 Hubble
The Hubble Space Telescope looked clean and spiffy on April 25, 1990, when astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery nudged the space observatory into orbit.
NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Lockheed Corporation

No. NASA’s space shuttle fleet is scheduled to go out of service in 2010. And after that, neither the United States nor any other nation will have a space vehicle capable of returning such a large piece of equipment to Earth.