Hubble Space Telescope as Good as New

May 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Atlantis space shuttle with a crew of six men and one woman, finally landed back on Earth on Sunday, after spending 13 days in space, exuberant due to a highly successful mission to repair the aging Hubble telescope, located 350-miles-high in space.

The Hubble was spruced up, with various parts replaced and others repaired, making it as good as new and strong enough to last through the next five years, before it’s replaced with a newer model.

During a grueling five-days of dangerous, but exciting space walks by the crew, the Hubble received a new wide-field camera and a state of the art spectrograph. They replaced worn out gyroscopes, batteries, and conducted intricate in-space repairs of the main survey camera and the imaging spectrograph.

After the tragic 2003 loss of the Columbia shuttle and its crew, NASA didn’t want to take any chances, and kept the shuttle Endeavour on standby, in case a rescue mission was needed. Thankfully, the mission went perfectly, except for the bad weather that delayed the landing for two days.

The flight crew of Atlantis experienced a groundbreaking moment, when the crew testified for the first time to a Senate Committee from space. They also experienced some poignant moments when leaving the orbit of the Hubble, realizing they would be the last humans to see it.

The flight on Atlantis would also be the last mission for the shuttle, as NASA is retiring it for the newer Orion. The crew spoke to President Obama during their mission, conducted television interviews from space and even used Twitter to provide the world with tweet updates.

NASA astronauts train for years, hoping for the opportunity to blast into space, and the seven-crew members of the Hubble repair mission experienced a shining moment in their careers that most likely won’t ever be duplicated. They all performed admirably and will someday, have some amazing stories for their grandchildren.

NASA is now busy performing various systems and calibration checks to fine-tune the repairs and new equipment added by the Atlantis crew. All of the calibrations should be completed by August.

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One Response to “Hubble Space Telescope as Good as New”

  1. Gary Clark on June 1st, 2009 12:07 am

    I am wishing the Hubble a long and glorious career in the years to come. The Hubble has done some fantastic and rememorable things that will go down in History. I am really anxious to see what Hubble will have to offer in the future in its up-coming exporations. When Hubble starts to end its career maybe there will be new technology that would be cheaper to add that build something new. Until then, good luck Hubble in your fantastic future. Gary

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