Latest Servicing Mission Stories

2009-07-22 07:02:34

During Servicing Mission 4, astronauts replaced many key parts "” batteries and gyroscopes, for example "” that affect the spacecraft component of the Hubble Space Telescope. Testing and calibration for the spacecraft itself is now complete, and that aspect of Hubble is in excellent shape. * Hubble is now functioning with three of its six new gyroscopes. As planned, the other three have been turned off to keep in reserve. * Hubble's new batteries are performing as expected, with...

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...

2009-03-31 06:58:24

The spare Science Instrument /Command and Data Handling (SI/C&DH) module, slated for installation on the Hubble Space Telescope during Servicing Mission 4 in May, arrived safely at Kennedy Space Center on March 30 aboard a specially outfitted truck. Over the next few weeks, Hubble engineers will check out the new payload before integrating it onto the Multi-Use Logistics Equipment (MULE) Carrier. Astronauts will install the replacement SI/C&DH during their 11-day mission to Hubble...

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...

2008-03-14 08:25:00

Space is not a hospitable place, and when scientists and engineers design and build new components for the Hubble Space Telescope, that fact is always clearly in mind. Hubble must endure harsh temperature swings of 215 F, micro-meteor impacts and exposure to solar radiation. On top of that, before a spacecraft like Hubble can operate in orbit, it has to survive the trip to get there. That's where the environmental testing chambers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., come...

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Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.