Detail View: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection: STS-109 Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA)

Name of Image: 
STS-109 Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA)
Full Description: 
Astronaut James H. Newman, mission specialist, floats about in the Space Shuttle Columbia's cargo bay while working in tandem with astronaut Michael J. Massimino (out of frame),mission specialist, during the STS-109 mission's second day of extravehicular activity (EVA). Inside Columbia's cabin, astronaut Nancy J. Currie, mission specialist, controlled the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) to assist the two in their work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The RMS was used to capture the telescope and secure it into Columbia's cargo bay.Part of the giant telescope's base, latched down in the payload bay, can be seen behind Newman. The Space Shuttle Columbia STS-109 mission lifted off March 1, 2002 with goals of repairing and upgrading the HST. The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama had responsibility for the design, development, and contruction of the HST, which is the most powerful and sophisticated telescope ever built. STS-109 upgrades to the HST included: replacement of the solar array panels; replacement of the power control unit (PCU); replacement of the Faint Object Camera (FOC) with a new advanced camera for Surveys (ACS); and installation of the experimental cooling system for the Hubble's Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-object Spectrometer (NICMOS), which had been dormant since January 1999 when its original coolant ran out. Lasting 10 days, 22 hours, and 11 minutes, the STS-109 mission was the 108th flight overall in NASA's Space Shuttle Program.
Date of Image: 
2002-03-05
Category: 
Space Shuttle Projects
term: 
EVA
facet_who: 
James H. Newman
facet_what: 
Advanced Camera for Surveys
facet_where: 
Alabama
facet_when: 
January 1999
facet_when_year: 
1999
Reference Number: 
MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
MIX #: 
0201797
NIX #: 
MSFC-0201797
MSFC Negative Number: 
0201797
UID: 
SPD-MARSH-0201797
original url: 
http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=2375