Latest Wide Field and Planetary Camera 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...

2009-07-13 14:12:39

The HST team continues to investigate an anomaly with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph that caused it to suspend operations on July 6. An attempt to fully recover the instrument on July 10 was not successful. The team is collecting diagnostic information and will meet again on July 13 to review STIS status and determine the next course of action. The Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard Hubble, which suspended operations on June 24, was successfully recovered July 6 and is now...

2009-06-03 15:17:00

HUDSON, Mass., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hypertronics Corporation, a Smiths Interconnect business and world-leading provider of high performance interconnect solutions for the most demanding applications; today announced that their KA MIL-DTL-55302 QPL'D Printed Circuit Board Connectors were on-board the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The historic and successful Hubble Servicing Mission 4 concluded after almost 13 days with a trouble-free Space...

2009-05-24 11:05:00

BOULDER, Colo., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Astronauts for NASA's STS-125 servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) installed two science instruments built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. during their 13-day mission and completed critical repairs to two previously installed Ball science instruments. Space Shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Sunday, May 24. The Wide Field Camera 3 was installed during the first...

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...

2009-05-10 13:35:00

The Hubble community bids farewell to the soon-to-be decommissioned Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. In tribute to Hubble's longest-running optical camera, which was developed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., a planetary nebula has been imaged as the camera's final "pretty picture." This planetary nebula is known as Kohoutek 4-55 (or K 4-55). It is one of a series of planetary nebulae that were named after their...

2009-05-10 12:55:00

First motion is almost always a big event in the world of space exploration. Whether the first motion is of a wheel beginning to rotate or a rocket lifting off the pad, first motion means things are definitely changing. On day four of the upcoming shuttle servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, there will be another such significant first motion. It will begin when a bolt that has been frozen in place for a decade and a half completes its 20th counterclockwise rotation. "When that...

2009-05-06 07:05:00

Designed and built by JPL, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has been the workhorse camera on NASA's Hubble Space telescope's since it was added to the observatory in December of 1993. The camera has produced most of the stunning images that have been released by Hubble during its 15-plus years of service. Its high image resolution and quality are some of the reasons the camera became the space telescope's most requested instrument. Throughout history, humanity has been moved by the work...

2009-05-06 06:30:00

May 30-31, 2009 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA The Hubble Space Telescope was launched on a 15-year mission to explore the universe. Now, just past it's 19th birthday, it is getting a new lease on life.  Space Shuttle mission STS-125 (scheduled for launch on May 11) is slated to replace and repair science instruments, computers, batteries, gyroscopes and blankets.  This, the last Hubble servicing mission, should allow Hubble to operate as a fully operational enhanced...

2009-01-28 10:55:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is giving everyone the opportunity to use the world's most celebrated telescope to explore the heavens and boldly look where the Hubble Space Telescope has never looked before. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA is inviting the public to vote for one of six candidate astronomical objects for Hubble to observe in honor of the International Year of Astronomy. The options, which Hubble has not previously...

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  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'