Latest STS-125 Stories

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...

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...

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...

2009-05-16 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...

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.

2009-05-15 10:30:00

Space shuttle Atlantis crew members Michael Massimino and Michael Good ventured out for the mission's second of five spacewalks on Friday to continue making upgrades to the Hubble Telescope as the shuttle made its 60th orbit of the mission."It is a beautiful day outside," Massimino said as they began the six-hour spacewalk. "Anybody home?"Good and Massimo began the second spacewalk of the STS-125 mission at 8:49 a.m. EDT. Their tasks for the day include replacing the orbiting observatory's...

2009-05-14 15:56:19

The first of five planned U.S. spacewalks to repair and update the Hubble Space Telescope was completed Thursday with the replacement of a key Hubble camera. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel stepped into space at 8:52 a.m. EDT and ended their spacewalk at 4:12 p.m. In addition to other actions, they removed and replaced the telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. That, said NASA, will allow Hubble to capture a wider range of...

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...

2009-05-14 08:09:55

The first of five planned U.S. spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope began Thursday with the replacement of a Hubble camera. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel stepped into space at 8:52 a.m. EDT to remove and replace the telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. That, said NASA, will allow Hubble to capture a wider range of images from ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelengths. Also on Thursday's 6 1/2-hour spacewalk...

2009-05-13 13:22:30

The U.S. Space Telescope Operations Control Center is busier than usual this week, providing continuous support for the STS-125 telescope servicing mission. Located at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., the center is responsible for the 24-hour monitoring of all Hubble Space Telescope systems. Officials said two teams of flight controllers will work closely with the mission control center in Houston as the crew of space shuttle...

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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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