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STS-125, tribute to Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4


en.wikipedia.org Mission name STS-125 Space shuttle Atlantis Launch pad LC-39A Launch date May 11, 2009, 2:01:56 pm EDT (18:01:56 UTC) Landing May 24, 2009, 11:39:05 am EDT (15:39:05 UTC) Runway 22 – Edwards Air Force Base Mission duration 12 days, 21 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds Number of orbits 197 Apogee 578 km Perigee 486 km Orbital period 97 min Orbital altitude 320 nautical miles (570 km) Orbital inclination 28.5° at 304 nautical miles Distance traveled 5.3 million miles www.nasa.gov Veteran astronaut Scott D. Altman commanded the final space shuttle mission to Hubble. Retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson served as pilot. Mission specialists included veteran spacewalkers John M. Grunsfeld and Michael J. Massimino and first-time space fliers Andrew J. Feustel, Michael T. Good and K. Megan McArthur. Atlantis astronauts repaired and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope, conducting five spacewalks during their mission to extend the life of the orbiting observatory. They successfully installed two new instruments and repaired two others, bringing them back to life, replaced gyroscopes and batteries, and added new thermal insulation panels to protect the orbiting observatory. The result is six working, complementary science instruments with capabilities beyond what was available and an extended operational lifespan until at least 2014. With the newly installed Wide Field Camera, Hubble will be able to observe in ultraviolet and infrared spectrums as well as visible light

NASA | Update: Hubble SM4 Flight Day 7


Want more? Subscribe to NASA on iTunes! phobos.apple.com Or get tweeted by NASA: twitter.com The Space Operations Control Center, also known as the STOCC, is responsible 24/7, 365 days a year for monitoring all Hubble systems and facilitating all of the telescope’s science observations. Two teams of flight controllers designated as the Orbit Team and the Planning Team will work closely with the mission control flight team in Houston in coordinating all of the activities planned as part of the final shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Telescope. With the first of the five planned spacewalks completed, two of the three top mission priorities have already been met. For more info: www.nasa.gov

IMAX Hubble 3D Film of NASA Shuttle Launch


James Neihouse IMAX Director of Photography talks about the IMAX Shuttle launch camera positions and on preparing the Shuttle crew for filming in space. By combining incredible IMAX footage with images taken by the Hubble telescope and advanced computer visualization, Hubble’s detailed data becomes a series of scientifically realistic flights that unfold on screen like a guided tour of the universe, though time and space. In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Telescope, the world’s first space-based observatory, 563 kilometers above the Earth. On board was an IMAX camera, operated by the Shuttle astronauts. It captured stunning sequences of the intricate spacewalks required to make those repairs, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 28200 kph. HUBBLE is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film reunites the Space Station filmmaking team, led by Director Toni Myers, James Neihouse, Director of Photography and Executive Producer Graeme Ferguson who is also the co-founder of IMAX and a pioneer producer of many IMAX space films. The IMAX documentary film HUBBLE has its Canadian premiere is at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2010.

NASA | Update: Hubble SM4 Flight Day 6


Want more? Subscribe to NASA on iTunes! phobos.apple.com Or get tweeted by NASA: twitter.com The Space Operations Control Center, also known as the STOCC, is responsible 24/7, 365 days a year for monitoring all Hubble systems and facilitating all of the telescope’s science observations. Two teams of flight controllers designated as the Orbit Team and the Planning Team will work closely with the mission control flight team in Houston in coordinating all of the activities planned as part of the final shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Telescope. With the first of the five planned spacewalks completed, two of the three top mission priorities have already been met. For more info: www.nasa.gov

“We’re Go For Launch” STS 125 mission IMAX Hubble 3D Leonardo DiCaprio


Fantastic behind the scenes look at setting up the IMAX 3D cameras to capture the blast off of the Atlantis Space Shuttle. The shuttle mission is to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Telescope, the world’s first space-based observatory, 563 kilometers above the Earth. On board was an IMAX camera, operated by the Shuttle astronauts. It captured stunning sequences of the intricate spacewalks required to make those repairs, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 28200 kph. HUBBLE is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film reunites the Space Station filmmaking team, led by Director Toni Myers, James Neihouse, Director of Photography and Executive Producer Graeme Ferguson who is also the co-founder of IMAX and a pioneer producer of many IMAX space films. The IMAX HUBBLE film has its Canadian premiere at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2010 in Toronto.

HUBBLE SM3B STS-109 COLUMBIA LAUNCH


HUBBLE SPCE TELESCOPE SM3B STS-109 COLUMBIA LAUNCH Servicing Mission 3B, March 2002: Astronauts aboard space shuttle Columbia (STS-109) installed several new instruments on Hubble that vastly improved the observatory’s capability. Astronauts performed five spacewalks. Their principal task was to install the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). With its wide field of view, sharp image quality and enhanced sensitivity, ACS could collect data ten times faster than the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, the telescope’s earlier surveying instrument. The ACS brought the nearly 12-year-old telescope into the 21st century. The ACS was quickly used to capture the most distant image of the universe, called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The 8-year-old solar array panels were replaced with smaller rigid ones that produce 30 percent more power. Astronauts also replaced the outdated Power Control Unit, which distributes electricity from the solar arrays and batteries to other parts of the telescope; and they replaced one of the four reaction wheel assemblies that make up Hubble’s pointing control system. Another key upgrade was the installation of a new cooling system for the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), down since 1999 after depleting its refrigerant. Hubble’s infrared vision was finally back.

NASA | Hubble and STS-125 Grapple


Want more? Subscribe to NASA on iTunes! phobos.apple.com Or get tweeted by NASA: twitter.com Space shuttle Atlantis met up with the Hubble Space Telescope today. The grapple of the telescope using the shuttles robotic arm took place at 1:14 pm EDT. The telescope will be latched to a high-tech, lazy Susan device known as the Flight Support System for the duration of the servicing work. The STS-125 crew will perform five spacewalks to refurbish, restore and renew the Hubble Space Telescope. The first spacewalk is scheduled for Thursday. For more info: www.nasa.gov

NASA Swim Test: IMAX HUBBLE 3D


What does NASA mean by “The Swim Test?” Astronaut Mike Massimino demonstrates and shows us the World’s largest swimming pool called the NBL Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where astronauts rehearse the space missions that they will perform later in zero gravity. This is all in preparation for his mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Telescope, the world’s first space-based observatory, 563 kilometers above the Earth. On board was an IMAX camera, operated by the Shuttle astronauts. It captured stunning sequences of the intricate spacewalks required to make those repairs, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 28200 kph. HUBBLE is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film reunites the Space Station filmmaking team, led by Director Toni Myers, James Neihouse, Director of Photography and Executive Producer Graeme Ferguson who is also the co-founder of IMAX and a pioneer producer of many IMAX space films. The IMAX HUBBLE film has its Canadian premiere at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2010.

John Grunsfeld – Hubble Servicing Mission 4


Another lecture in IHMC’s award winning lecture series. www.ihmc.us In May 2009 a team of astronauts flew to the Hubble Space Telescope on space shuttle Atlantis. On their 13 day mission and over the course of 5 spacewalks they completed an extreme makeover of the orbiting observatory. They installed the Wide Field Camera- 3, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, repaired the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, as well as a number of maintenance activities. The Hubble Space Telescope story has been a fascinating study in public policy, engineering, ethics, and science. For the first time on orbit the Hubble has a full complement of instruments capable of performing state-of-the-art observations from the near infra-red to the ultraviolet end of the spectrum. The early results of the new and repaired instruments hint at a bright scientific future for Hubble and will be presented in the talk as well as a narrative of the adventures on orbit. Dr. John M. Grunsfeld was recently appointed Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). A veteran of five space flights, including three missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope – STS-103 in Dec. 1999, STS-109 in March 2002, and STS-125 in May 2009 – Grunsfeld has logged over 835 hours in space, including nearly 60 hours of Extravehicular Activity during eight space walks. He served as the NASA Chief Scientist detailed to NASA Headquarters in 2003-2004, where he helped develop

IMAX HUBBLE 3D – Gettting Dressed for Work


NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino demonstrates the process of getting into a space suite. This is all in preparation for STS – 125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Telescope, the world’s first space-based observatory, 563 kilometers above the Earth. On board was an IMAX camera, operated by the Shuttle astronauts. It captured stunning sequences of the intricate spacewalks required to make those repairs, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 28200 kph. HUBBLE is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film reunites the Space Station filmmaking team, led by Director Toni Myers, James Neihouse, Director of Photography and Executive Producer Graeme Ferguson who is also the co-founder of IMAX and a pioneer producer of many IMAX space films. Leonardo DiCaprio narrates the IMAX HUBBLE film which has its Canadian premiere is at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2010 in Toronto.