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2009-05-16 07:20:00

Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel completed the third spacewalk of Atlantis' mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 6 hours and 36 minutes, stepping smoothly through the difficult tasks of repairing a delicate camera and installing its most sensitive spectrograph ever. Grunsfeld and Feustel began the spacewalk at 8:35 a.m., removing the telescope's16-year-old "contact lens," the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR), and safely tucked it into the...

2009-05-11 14:02:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Monday on a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope where astronauts are scheduled to install two instruments built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and restore two previously installed Ball instruments to peak performance. The successful launch of NASA's STS-125 mission occurred at 2:01:56 p.m. EDT, on May 11, 2009. (Photo:...

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2009-05-10 12:55:00

First motion is almost always a big event in the world of space exploration. Whether the first motion is of a wheel beginning to rotate or a rocket lifting off the pad, first motion means things are definitely changing. On day four of the upcoming shuttle servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, there will be another such significant first motion. It will begin when a bolt that has been frozen in place for a decade and a half completes its 20th counterclockwise rotation. "When that...

2009-05-05 06:01:00

BOULDER, Colo., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The historic mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope this month will include installation of two instruments built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Astronauts flying aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis expect to leave the Hubble at the apex of its scientific capabilities following their 11-day mission. The historic mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope this month will include installation of two instruments built by Ball...

2009-05-04 12:56:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A team led by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is providing support to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the planning, training and implementation of Servicing Mission 4 (SM-4) to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), scheduled for launch on May 11. "We have found that working on the Hubble Space Telescope is more than just a job -- it is a passion. And we are enormously excited to be going back again to Hubble one final time and providing it a new lease...

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2009-02-11 14:35:00

STS-125 astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel were at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on February 10 supporting ongoing training efforts for Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope. Wearing high tech "Ëœbunny' suits, Grunsfeld and Feustel worked inside Goddard's large cleanroom performing three practice runs for the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) repair task. The astronauts used flight tools built by ATK of Beltsville, Md. and Goddard to practice the repair...

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2009-01-28 11:35:00

NASA is giving everyone the opportunity to use the world's most celebrated telescope to explore the heavens and boldly look where the Hubble Space Telescope has never looked before. NASA is inviting the public to vote for one of six candidate astronomical objects for Hubble to observe in honor of the International Year of Astronomy. The options, which Hubble has not previously photographed, range from far-flung galaxies to dying stars. Votes can be cast until March 1. Hubble's camera will...

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2008-10-18 10:40:00

The revival of the Hubble Space Telescope started "exactly as we hoped," a NASA spokesman said. But engineers had to halt the program after they found two anomalies in the electronic systems. Hubble's operations hit a snag when the main system that processed commands and data from between the telescope's instruments and the ground stopped working. Controllers were sending commands up to Hubble and getting back diagnostic results, but the amount of continuous imagery that made the...

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2008-10-16 16:55:00

During the night of Oct. 15, Space Telescope Operations Control Center engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center turned on and checked out Side "ËœB' of Hubble's Science Instrument Control and Data Handling (SIC&DH) system. Subsequently, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) and Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) instruments were retrieved from safe mode to establish that each has a working interface to the...

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2008-01-28 09:00:00

Think of the average handyman, who relies on a standard set of tools -- screw drivers, socket wrenches, power drills -- to get the job done. But when you're working in space, the average tools just won't cut it. Our specially trained handymen are astronauts, and they need specialty tools to accomplish out-of-this-world tasks. Imagine them trying to work while wearing big, bulky, pressurized gloves, tightening bolts that are different from any we are used to here on Earth, while floating...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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