Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hubble's final servicing mission

(Bad weather over Cape Canaveral is delaying the landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis - Florida has seen drought-busting, almost biblical rains this last week, some towns near Orlando have been inundated by 24" of water since last weekend). did a wonderful job providing background, beautiful images and solid explanations about this, the final repair mission for the Hubble Space Telescope, which seemed to go very well, from all the reports I've heard. Mr. Fix-It would be proud of the 7 astronauts and their efforts to tinker and tweak, while floating more than 230 miles above the planet. Pretty amazing when you stop and think about what they're doing!)

On Monday, May 11, after months of delays and preparation, NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the final servicing mission to the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The seven crew members left Florida for low Earth orbit at 2:01 pm, for a scheduled 11-day mission, including 5 days of Extra-vehicular activity (EVAs) to work on the Hubble. So far the repairs appear to be going very well - the final EVA is scheduled for today, and the landing planned for May 22nd. I was fortunate enough to attend the launch at Banana Creek viewing area, and wish to extend my gratitude to all the people at NASA.

Click here to check out photographer Alan Taylor's excellent (and visual) story in

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