: Would it be feasible for the ISS (or some other future station like it) to rendezvous with the Hubble space telescope, with the aim of hooking it in for retrieval? Could such a operation be pulled off? How much would it cost?
I brought this up because I recently read that barring any technical mishaps, Hubble would be retired in the 2020s. At that point it would be set for an atmospheric descent burn, crashing in the Pacific Ocean. It strikes me as a terrible shame that such a marvelous and important piece of machinery should be doomed to an ignoble end like that; just unceremoniously dumped in the ocean. Wouldn't it be better if this historic icon could be salvaged (intact) and displayed in the sanctity of a museum or monument?
Some of the Apollo mission reentry capsule was saved in this manner, and while recapturing the orbiting Hubble might be quite a bit more difficult (far easier to just make a reconstruction on Earth
), it seems worth it considering all the valuable insights the telescope contributed to science.