June 3, 2011
In KSC's Vertical Processing Facility (VPF), the STS-82 crew members familiarize have the opportunity for a "hands-on" preview of some of the hardware they will be utilizing on the second servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Astronaut Mark C. Lee (facing camera at center frame), has his gloved hand on the latch for the Multipurpose ORU Protective Enclosure (MOPE). Observing their payload commander are astronauts Joseph R. Tanner and Gregory J. Harbaugh (second right), as well as several HST technicians. Four astronauts will perform spacewalks required for servicing of the HST. The telescope was deployed nearly seven years ago and was initially serviced in 1993.