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The newly announced commercial launch schedule, or manifest, reflects President Reagan's January national space policy statement, which calls both for eliminating government launch competition with the private sector and for avoiding unnecessary use of the space shuttle's human crews for launchings.
Science is scheduled for a much more significant role in 1989, with space shuttles launching the Hubble Space Telescope, the Galileo orbiter-and-probe of Jupiter, the Magellan Venus-orbiting radar mapper and the earth-orbiting Astro-1 ultraviolet observatory.
The final launching of 1988, the shuttle's first year back on the pads, is to deploy the 24-meter Hubble Space Telescope, envisioned as operating in orbit for as long as 20 years with repeated instrument changes and service calls by the shuttle.