Latest STS-125 Stories

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...

2009-05-13 13:00:16

U.S. space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Hubble Space Telescope Wednesday about 350 statute miles above the Australian coast. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said contact between the space telescope and the shuttle's robotic arm occurred at 1:14 p.m. EDT. The telescope was latched to a high-tech, lazy Susan device known as the Flight Support System for the duration of the servicing work. The STS-125 shuttle crew will perform five spacewalks to refurbish the Hubble Space...

2009-05-13 12:55:00

Space shuttle Atlantis slowly crept up toward the Hubble telescope before finally grabbing the orbiter 350 miles above the Earth at 12:14 p.m. CST Wednesday. Megan McArthur steered the shuttle's 50-foot robot arm to connect with the massive telescope in the first contact NASA has had with the telescope since 2002. "Houston, Hubble has arrived on board Atlantis," said Atlantis commander Scott Altman. The telescope will be lowered into a special cradle, called the Flight Support System, or...

2009-05-13 10:30:00

Crewmembers aboard space shuttle Atlantis continued their pursuit of the Hubble Telescope on Wednesday as they prepare to make contact with the observatory for the first time since March 2002. Shuttle commander Scott Altman will guide Atlantis close enough to Hubble so that astronaut Megan McArthur can grab it with the shuttle's robotic arm and lift it to the shuttle's cargo bay where astronauts will make a series of crucial repairs in the final upgrade mission to the telescope. Repairs and...

2009-05-12 20:05:00

The U.S. space agency said Tuesday the space shuttle Atlantis sustained minor damage after liftoff Monday, but the damage appeared to be minor. The shuttle crew performed a scheduled survey of the craft's heat shielding and observed what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration called a few dings that experts will continue to analyze. Flight Director Tony Ceccacci said the initial evaluation found the damage -- along an area of about 21 inches over four of the shuttle's thermal tiles...

2009-05-12 15:10:00

The Atlantis crew charged with servicing the Hubble Space Telescope one last time uncovered a 21-inch series of nicks on four or five thermal tiles, apparently caused by launch debris. The astronauts found the damage during a survey of the ship as it hurtles toward its Hubble rendezvous. NASA said the debris probably flew off the fuel tank nearly two minutes into the liftoff Monday.  NASA does not believe that the damage is serious, but said it will further analyze the nicks,...

2009-05-12 09:35:00

Crewmembers of space shuttle Atlantis began inspection of the craft's heat shield as they made their way toward the Hubble Space Telescope during their first full day in orbit. After a successful launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1401 EDT Monday, members of the STS-125 crew began the inspection using the shuttle's robotic arm and a sensor that will determine if the craft's wings or nose took any damage while coming into orbit. NASA said the data from the heat shield survey would...

2009-05-11 14:45:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its engines helped launch the Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center on the last Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Aerojet propulsion was used to support the launch for on-orbit operations and will be used during landing. Seven astronauts will perform five spacewalks on this 11-day mission to conduct final servicing and repair services on the Hubble Space...

2009-05-11 14:39:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) once again is helping to push the boundaries of how far humanity can see into the depths of space. Three PWR Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) launched astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis today from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-125 to service the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-125 is the fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United...

2009-05-11 14:39:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- From the CEO to the flight operations experts that plan the space walks, to the technicians who install the payload and prepared the orbiter for launch, the STS-125 mission and Hubble Space Telescope are benefitting from the vast experience and capabilities of United Space Alliance in planning, managing, integrating and executing complex human space endeavors. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) USA's...

Latest STS-125 Reference Libraries

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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