the atlantis space shuttle is preparing to launch on the STS-125 mission to perform the final repairs on the hubble space telescope. it's difficult to describe the impact hubble has had on scientific discovery of the properties of our universe although julianne at cosmic variance is attempting to summarize this, but also on the universal inspiration it has provided human beings. the launch of this mission is set for october 8, 2008.... quickly approaching!
to find out more about the repairs, NASA has a nice video of the hubble telescope servicing mission plan. enjoy!