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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...

2009-05-21 14:45:48

The seven crewmembers aboard space shuttle Atlantis appeared via video-link before the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations subcommittee on Thursday to discuss the future of NASA's budget with lawmakers. "Thank you for the stunning and successful mission. You have opened a door on a new era of scientific discovery," said Senate science appropriations subcommittee chairwoman Barbara Mikulski. "Hubble is the people's telescope and it wants to have another chance to educate a new...

2009-05-21 10:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The seven astronauts who upgraded NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are expected to return to Earth aboard space shuttle Atlantis on Friday after an 11-day mission. The two landing opportunities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are at 10 a.m. and 11:39 a.m. EDT. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA flight directors will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting Atlantis and its crew...

2009-05-21 10:20:00

Space Shuttle Atlantis astronauts on Thursday began preparations for a return to Earth after having successfully made crucial upgrades to the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope. Astronauts spent most of Wednesday resting and enjoying downtime after the completion of five tedious spacewalks conducted by four men working in teams to give the telescope a much-needed boost in technology. However, bad weather near the landing site in Florida has caused Mission Control to instruct the crew to turn...

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...

2009-05-19 10:25:00

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts said goodbye to the Hubble Space Telescope for the final time on Tuesday, as part of an 11-day mission to see the completion of critical upgrades to the veteran observatory. The crew woke up at 4:31 a.m. EDT Tuesday to the song "Lie in Our Graves" by the Dave Matthews Band. The song was played for crewmember Megan McArthur, who guided the shuttle's robotic arm to lift the telescope out of Atlantis' payload bay to a high point above the shuttle in preparation...

2009-05-18 14:37:00

HOUSTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis will hold a news conference at 9:26 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 20, to discuss their mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Reporters may ask questions from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA Headquarters in Washington. To...

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...

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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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...

Andrew Feustel
2012-09-17 09:28:01

Andrew Feustel is a NASA astronaut and an American Geophysicist. He was born Andrew J. (Drew) Feustel on August 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan. He graduated from Lake Orion High School and subsequently received an Associate’s degree from Oakland Community College. During this time, he worked at International Autoworks as an auto mechanic. He then transferred to Purdue University, where joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served as a...

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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