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2009-06-24 15:10:00

On June 22, at 12:21 PM EDT, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) aboard Hubble temporarily suspended operations when an optical mechanism movement failed to reach its intended destination. The HST team quickly identified the root cause which required a minor update to the COS flight software. COS was successfully brought out of suspend mode on June 23. None of this week's scheduled COS activities have been lost. On June 23, at 12:20 PM EDT, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard...

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...

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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...

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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...

2009-05-11 14:35:00

More Than 100 ATK Tools Vital in the Repair of the Hubble Space Telescope MINNEAPOLIS, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystem's (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) ignited and sent NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis and its crew on their journey to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. Those repairs will be aided by tools developed by ATK engineers in partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. ATK's two solid rocket motors provided the main thrust at...

2009-05-11 14:02:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Monday on a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope where astronauts are scheduled to install two instruments built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and restore two previously installed Ball instruments to peak performance. The successful launch of NASA's STS-125 mission occurred at 2:01:56 p.m. EDT, on May 11, 2009. (Photo:...

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2009-05-11 13:25:00

NASA's space shuttle Atlantis launched on Monday with plans to make critical repairs to the Hubble space telescope. Shuttle Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1401 EDT, carrying seven crewmembers that will take part in the fifth and final flight to repair Hubble. NASA's space shuttle program is expected to come to an end in 2010. Crewmembers arrived at the launch pad on Sunday as NASA told reporters that the weather provided a 90 percent chance of a successful launch on...

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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...

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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...


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