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2014-07-29 16:21:00

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After almost two decades with NASA, including two space shuttle missions, astronaut Mike Massimino left the space agency Monday for a full-time position with Columbia University in New York. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Massimino's experience at NASA includes two shuttle missions to service the agency's Hubble Space Telescope. During the final servicing mission, STS-125 in 2009, Massimino became the first...

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2010-01-04 13:09:17

NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld, who participated in three spaceflights to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is leaving the agency to become the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. The institute is the science operations center for Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope, which is planned for launch in 2014. "During the past 18 years, John has been a true asset to the agency," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut who few on the STS-31...

2010-01-04 09:46:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld, who participated in three spaceflights to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is leaving the agency to become the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. The institute is the science operations center for Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope, which is planned for launch in 2014. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "During the past 18 years, John has...

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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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2009-05-20 11:00:00

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts treated themselves to some much deserved rest and relaxation on Wednesday. The Atlantis mission has seen the completion of five long, tedious spacewalks conducted by four men working in teams to give the Hubble Space Telescope a boost in technology. Contributions to Hubble by the Atlantis crew include installation of a new camera, a new computer, replacement of batteries as well as the repair of two instruments not designed to be worked on in space. 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...

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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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2009-05-16 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...

2009-05-15 10:03:30

Two U.S. astronauts worked Friday to install six gyroscopes and a new set of batteries in the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA officials said. Mike Massimino and Mike Good took the second of five spacewalks aimed at repairing and upgrading the telescope for the last time, Florida Today reported. Their work, scheduled to last 6 1/2 hours, was assisted from inside the shuttle Atlantis by astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel, who completed the mission's first spacewalk Thursday, NASA said.


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John Grunsfeld
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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2010-11-19 15:58:19

Scott Altman is a test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was born Scott Douglas Altman on August 15, 1959 in Lincoln, Illinois. He grew up in Pekin, Illimois and graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1977. He continued on to the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He was commissioned in the United States Navy in August 1981 and received his Navy wings of gold in February 1983. Altman was deployed to the Western...

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