Detail View: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection: STS-109 Astronaut Michael J. Massimino Carries the Electronic Support Module (ESM)

Name of Image: 
STS-109 Astronaut Michael J. Massimino Carries the Electronic Support Module (ESM)
Full Description: 
STS-109 Astronaut Michael J. Massimino, mission specialist, perched on the Shuttle's robotic arm, is preparing to install the Electronic Support Module (ESM) in the aft shroud of the Hubble Space telescope (HST), with the assistance of astronaut James H. Newman (out of frame). The module will support a new experimental cooling system to be installed during the next day's fifth and final space walk of the mission. That cooling system is designed to bring the telescope's Near-Infrared Camera and Multi Spectrometer (NICMOS) back to life the which had been dormant since January 1999 when its original coolant ran out. The Space Shuttle Columbia STS-109 mission lifted off March 1, 2002 with goals of repairing and upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama had the responsibility for the design, development, and construction of the HST, which is the most powerful and sophisticated telescope ever built. In addition to the installation of the experimental cooling system for the Hubble's Near-Infrared Camera and NICMOS, STS-109 upgrades to the HST included replacement of the solar array panels, replacement of the power control unit (PCU), and replacement of the Faint Object Camera (FOC) with a new advanced camera for Surveys (ACS). 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: 
2002-03-07
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 #: 
0302437
NIX #: 
MSFC-0302437
MSFC Negative Number: 
0302437
UID: 
SPD-MARSH-0302437
original url: 
http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=2824