Telescope delay advances EOM

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has switched the launch date for the Hubble Space Telescope with that of the first Earth Observation Mission (EOM). Under the current plan, the Space Telescope will be launched October 27, 1986, and EOM will lift off August 18, 1986.

Although the Space Telescope is still expected to be delivered to Kennedy Space Center on schedule, it has taken longer than expected to integrate the instruments with the spacecraft, according to a spokesman with the NASA Office of Space Flight. As a precaution, NASA managers decided to switch the dates for the Space Telescope and EOM, according to a NASA press release.