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2009-05-29 17:25:00

Take one space shuttle, seven highly trained astronauts, tons of equipment, and one legendary orbiting telescope and you have the 5.3 million-mile odyssey that was the final servicing mission for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. After months of training and a seven-month postponement, the STS-125 crew's mission got under way with an on-time launch into a brilliant-blue Florida sky. The May 11, 2009, liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis took place at 2:01 p.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's...

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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...

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2009-05-14 08:35:00

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel have successfully installed a new camera to the Hubble Telescope during the first of five planned spacewalks of the STS-125 mission.Grunsfeld and Feustel reported some early difficulty on Thursday with the A-latch bolt while trying to release the Wide Field Camera 2 from the Hubble telescope. Within the hour, astronauts reported that the latch bolt was finally all the way out and the WFPC 2 camera was free. Astronauts...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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