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2009-09-04 06:50:00

NASA will hold news briefings at 11 a.m. and noon EDT Wednesday, Sept. 9, to release and discuss the first images from the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the briefings from NASA Headquarters in Washington. Space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission upgraded the telescope in May with state-of-the-art science instruments, leaving it more powerful than ever and extending its life into the next decade. Charlie Bolden,...

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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...

2009-05-24 11:01:00

EDWARDS, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew landed at 8:39 a.m. PDT Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., completing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis' astronauts conducted five successful spacewalks during their STS-125 flight to enhance and extend the life of the orbiting observatory. "This mission highlights what the challenges of spaceflight can bring out in human beings," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate...

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2009-05-22 07:10:00

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts will have to remain in orbit longer than expected due to bad weather. NASA announced on Friday that it would push back plans to land Atlantis to 9:16 a.m. EDT (1316 GMT) Saturday. Atlantis crewmembers were initially expected to return to the Kennedy Space Center at 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT), but NASA decided to try again at 11:39 a.m. (1539 GMT). However, bad weather "continues to be a concern," said the space agency. "The weather just is not clearing up at the...

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2009-05-18 15:01:31

The fifth and final U.S. spacewalk to repair and refurbish the Hubble Space Telescope was completed Monday with all goals of the mission accomplished. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel, among other things, installed new protective thermal insulation panels on the telescope's three bay doors and replaced one of the telescope's fine guidance sensors that provide pointing information, as well as determining precise position and...

2009-05-18 07:55:52

The fifth and final planned Hubble Space Telescope spacewalk began Monday with U.S. astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel replacing Hubble's batteries. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts, who began their spacewalk at 8:20 a.m. EDT, will replace the second of two battery modules. Each module weighs 460 pounds and contains three batteries, providing electrical power to support Hubble operations during the night portion of its orbit, NASA said. The first battery...

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2009-05-18 18:40:00

STS-125 mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel completed the fifth and final spacewalk on the Hubble Space Telescope Monday at 3:22 p.m. EDT. Outside the airlock hatch, Grunsfeld said, "This is a really tremendous adventure that we've been on, a very challenging mission. Hubble isn't just a satellite- it's about humanity's quest for knowledge." He also thanked several people who contributed to Hubble and the servicing mission, then went on to say, "A tour de force of tools and...

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2009-05-17 07:55:00

Spacewalkers during the fourth walk of the last Hubble servicing mission experienced troubles trying to dislodge a balky bolt interfering with repairs on Sunday.Atlantis astronaut Michael Massimino used brute force to remove a bolt that was attaching a hand rail to the outside of a scientific instrument that was needing to be fixed.  The rail needed to be removed or at least bent out of the way in order to complete the task.  This just added to other smaller problems that put the...

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2009-05-16 16:57:16

A U.S. astronaut successfully repaired a camera on the Hubble Space Telescope during a spacewalk Saturday, NASA said. John Grunsfeld, the lead spacewalker in the shuttle Atlantis crew, opened up the Advanced Camera for Surveys and replaced four failed computer cards, Florida Today reported. The fourth card is out. Woo-hoo, Grunsfeld announced. Somehow I don't think brain surgeons go 'woo-hoo' when they pull something out, a teammate inside the shuttle responded. Grunsfeld was joined on the...

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2009-05-16 07:24:12

U.S. astronauts prepared Saturday for their most challenging in a series of five spacewalks to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA officials said. Mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel of the Space Shuttle Atlantis were scheduled to install a highly sophisticated spectrograph after first removing a box housing hardware that 16 years ago came to the rescue in a bid to repair the Hubble's blurry vision, Florida Today reported. After a long day of spacewalks Friday during which...


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2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then furthered his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in...

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2012-05-12 09:24:19

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1995 at 12:22 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on February 11 at 6:50 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 213 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 3 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 6 hours, 28 minutes, and 15 seconds. The first shuttle flight of 1995 included several historical achievements: The second flight of Russian cosmonaut on shuttle, the first approach and fly-around by...

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