NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced this morning that NASA will schedule a space shuttle flight to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, likely to launch in early 2008. You can read the full story here.
I won't bother repeating the details from the story. But most astronomers are quite elated at the news. After a rocky beginning due to a misshapen mirror, Hubble has proven to be one of the most productive telescopes ever made, making many important scientific discoveries. The fact that Hubble is as popular a telescope now as it was when it was launched shows how important it has become.
I wish the astronauts well in their training, and safety on their mission.