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STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
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Description STS109-319-034 (1-12 March 2002) -- Astronaut Duane G. Carey, STS-109 pilot, consults a reference manual on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Making his first trip into space, Carey has been very busy this week inside the crew cabin, assisting four space walking astronauts participate in five days of extravehicular activity (EVA) to perform work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-315-005 (8 March 2002) --- Barely visible within the Hubble Space Telescope's heavily shadowed shroud doors, astronauts John M. Grunsfeld (left) and Richard M. Linnehan participate in the final space walk of the STS-109 mission. The crew of the space shuttle Columbia completed the last of its five ambitious space walks early on March 8, 2002, with the successful installation of an experimental cooling system for Hubble?s Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). The NICMOS has been dormant since January 1999 when its original coolant ran out. Astronauts Grunsfeld and Linnehan began their third spacewalk of the mission at 2:46 a.m. CST. Linnehan was given a ride on the shuttle?s robotic arm to the aft shroud doors by astronaut Nancy J. Currie, working from the aft flight deck of Columbia. After the shroud doors were open, Linnehan was moved back to Columbia?s payload bay to remove the NICMOS cryocooler from its carrier. Grunsfeld and Linnehan then installed the cryocooler inside the aft shroud and connected cables from its Electronics Support Module (ESM). That module was installed on March 7 during a spacewalk by astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-315-007 (8 March 2002) --- Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, STS-109 payload commander, anchored on the end of the Space Shuttle Columbia?s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm, moves toward the giant Hubble Space Telescope (HST) temporarily hosted in the orbiter?s cargo bay. Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan (out of frame) works in tandem with Grunsfeld during this fifth and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Activities for the space walk centered around the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) to install a Cryogenic Cooler and its Cooling System Radiator.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-315-016 (8 March 2002) --- With five days of service and upgrade work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) behind them, the STS-109 crew members on board the Space Shuttle Columbia took an overall snapshot of the giant telescope in the shuttle's cargo bay. The seven-member crew completed the last of its five ambitious space walks early on March 8, 2002, with the successful installation of an experimental cooling system for Hubble?s Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). The NICMOS has been dormant since January 1999 when its original coolant ran out. The telescope received new solar array panels, markedly different in appearance from the replaced pair, on the mission's first two space walks earlier in the week.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-322-029 (6 March 2002) --- Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, STS-109 payload commander, participates in the third of five space walks to perform work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The third overall STS-109 extravehicular activity (EVA) marked the second of three for Grunsfeld, who was joined by astronaut Richard M. Linnehan on them all. On this particular walk, astronauts Grunsfeld and Linnehan turned off the telescope in order to replace its power control unit or PCU, the heart of the HST?s power system.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-346-018 (3 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), with its normal routine temporarily interrupted, gets closer and closer to its capture by the Space Shuttle Columbia prior to a week of servicing and upgrading by the STS-109 astronaut crew. The shuttle's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm was used to snare the telescope and latch it down into the cargo bay.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-323-013 (7 March 2002) --- Astronaut Michael J. Massimino moves about in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Columbia while performing work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), partially visible behind him. Astronauts Massimino and James H. Newman (out of frame), mission specialists, were participating in the fourth STS-109 space walk (EVA-4).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-322-028 (6 March 2002) --- Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 mission specialist, participates in the third of five space walks to perform work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Linnehan's sun shield reflects astronaut John M. Grunsfeld and the blue and white Earth's hemisphere as well as one of the telescope's new solar arrays. The third overall STS-109 extravehicular activity (EVA) marked the second of three for Linnehan and Grunsfeld, payload commander. On this particular walk, the two turned off the telescope in order to replace the power control unit or PCU--the heart of its power system. Grunsfeld took this photo with a 35mm camera.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-337-004 (3 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), with its normal routine temporarily interrupted, gets closer and closer to its capture by the Space Shuttle Columbia prior to a week of servicing and upgrading by the STS-109 astronaut crew. The shuttle's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm was used to snare the telescope and latch it down into the cargo bay.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-346-004 (3 March 2002) --- Astronauts Duane G. Carey (left) and Nancy J. Currie, STS-109 pilot and mission specialist, respectively, are photographed on the forward flight deck of the Space Shuttle Columbia during rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-346-011 (3 March 2002) --- Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 mission specialist, uses a laser ranging device designed to measure the range between two spacecraft. Linnehan positioned himself on the cabin's aft flight deck as the Space Shuttle Columbia approached the Hubble Space Telescope. A short time later, the STS-109 crew captured and latched down the giant telescope in the vehicle's cargo bay for several days of work on the Hubble.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-326-031 (5 March 2002) --- The broad smiles of astronauts Michael J. Massimino (left) and James H. Newman reflect the success of their just-completed lengthy space walk designed to finish the replacement of the solar arrays on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). A day earlier, two other astronauts replaced one of sets of solar panels. The two are in the process of doffing their extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) space suits on the mid deck of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-323-035 (7 March 2002) --- Astronaut Michael J. Massimino, on the shuttle?s robotic arm, prepares 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 scheduled spacewalk of the mission. That cooling system is designed to bring the telescope's Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) back to life.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-322-021 (6 March 2002) --- Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 mission specialist, participates in the third of five space walks to perform work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The third STS-109 extravehicular activity (EVA) marked the second of three for Linnehan, who was joined by astronaut John M. Grunsfeld on all three. On this particular walk, astronauts Linnehan and Grunsfeld turned off the telescope in order to replace the heart of it power system.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-331-010 (9 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) heads back toward its normal routine, after a week of servicing and upgrading by the STS-109 astronaut crew on board the Space Shuttle Columbia.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-331-005 (9 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) heads back toward its normal routine, after a week of servicing and upgrading by the STS-109 astronaut crew on board the Space Shuttle Columbia.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-326-008 (5 March 2002) --- Astronaut Michael J. Massimino, mission specialist, works at the stowage area for the Hubble Space Telescope's port side solar array. Astronauts Massimino and James H. Newman removed the old port solar array and stowed it in Columbia?s payload bay for a return to Earth. They then went on to install a third-generation solar array and its associated electrical components. Two crew mates had accomplished the same feat with the starboard array on the previous day.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-328-026 (5 March 2002) --- Perched on the end of the Columbia's remote manipulator system (RMS) arm, astronaut Michael J. Massimino, removes the old solar array on the port side of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Astronauts Massimino and James H. Newman went on to replace the array with a new one. A day earlier, two other astronauts accomplished the same feat on the starboard side.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-322-025 (1-12 March 2002) --- A close-up view of the power control unit or PCU, which is the heart of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) power system. Astronauts John M. Grunsfeld and Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 payload commander and mission specialist, respectively, replaced the PCU on March 6, 2002, during the third space walk of the mission.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-328-018 (5 March 2002) --- Astronaut Michael J. Massimino, STS-109 mission specialist, peers into Columbia's crew cabin during a brief break in work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), latched down just a few feet behind him in Columbia's cargo bay. Astronauts Massimino and James H. Newman were making their second extravehicular activity (EVA) of the mission.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-348-004 (3 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), with its normal routine temporarily interrupted, is berthed in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Columbia prior to a week of servicing and upgrading by the STS-109 astronaut crew. A thin blue line of airglow pin-points Earth's horizon at sunrise.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-001 (August 2001) --- STS-109 is the fourth mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The mission patch depicts the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle Columbia over the North American continent. During the eleven-day mission, the crew of Columbia will rendezvous with the telescope and grapple and berth it to the Space Shuttle using the remote manipulator system. Then, a series of space walks will be performed to significantly upgrade HST?s scientific capabilities and power system. Inside of HST?s aperture is a portrayal of the spectacular Hubble Deep Field Image, representing the billions of stars and galaxies in the Universe. This Deep Field Image symbolizes all the major discoveries made possible by the Hubble Space Telescope over the last ten years, and all those to come following the installation of the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) by the crew of STS-109. The ACS is the major scientific upgrade for this servicing mission and will dramatically increase HST?s ability to see deeper into our universe. To further extend HST?s discovery potential, a new cooling system will be added that will restore HST?s infrared capability. The telescope is also shown with the smaller, sturdier, and more efficient solar arrays that will be installed during the space walks on STS-109. When combined with a new Power Control Unit, these solar arrays will provide more power for use by the telescope and allow multiple scientific instruments to operate concurrently. The NASA insignia design for Shuttle flights is reserved for use by the astronauts and for other official use as the NASA Administrator may authorize. Public availability has been approved only in the forms of illustrations by the various news media. When and if there is any change in this policy, which is not anticipated, the change will be publicly announced.
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Description STS109-S-002 (November 2001) --- Seven astronauts take a break from training for the STS-109 mission to pose for the traditional pre-flight crew portrait. From the left are astronauts Michael J. Massimino, Richard M. Linnehan, Duane G. Carey, Scott D. Altman, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld and James H. Newman. Altman and Carey are commander and pilot, respectively, with the others serving as mission specialists. Grunsfeld is payload commander. The group will be the fourth to visit the Hubble Space Telecope (HST) for performing upgrade and servicing on the giant orbital observatory.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-711-093 (7 March 2002) --- Two of Columbia's four spacewalkers--astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino--participate in the first science instrument upgrade of the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission during the flight's fourth day of extravehicular activity (EVA). The two, with Newman on Columbia's remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm, removed the Faint Object Camera to make room for the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The HST, temporarily hosted in the Space Shuttle Columbia?s cargo bay, is backdropped by a blue and white Earth.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-719-008 (5 March 2002) --- Astronauts Michael J. Massimino, STS-109 mission specialist, anchored on the end of the Space Shuttle Columbia's remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm, works in tandem with astronaut James H. Newman, mission specialist, during this second session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Newman and Massimino replaced the second of the Hubble Space Telescope?s (HST) new solar arrays and its Diode Box Assembly and replaced the Reaction Wheel Assembly-1. The HST, illuminated by the sunrise, provides stark contrast to the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth?s atmosphere in this scene.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-708-092 (4 March 2002) --- Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 mission specialist, anchored on the end of the Space Shuttle Columbia?s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm, unfolds a solar array during the mission?s first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld (out of frame), payload commander, works in tandem with Linnehan during the space walk to replace one of the two Hubble Space Telescope?s (HST) second-generation solar arrays, which is also known as SA2, and a Diode Box Assembly. The solar array was replaced with a new, third-generation solar array, which is called SA3. The space walkers also did some prep work for STS-109?s other sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-713-00B (7 March 2002) --- Two of Columbia's four spacewalkers--astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino--participate in the first science instrument upgrade of the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission during the flight's fourth day of extravehicular activity (EVA). The two, with Newman on Columbia's remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm, removed the Faint Object Camera to make room for the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-729-072 (9 March 2002) --- Looking westward, one of the STS-109 crew members photographed the newly serviced and upgraded Hubble Space Telescope (HST) near the earth's limb to the upper right of the center of this 70mm image. The Space Shuttle Columbia was located over the Atlantic Ocean southwest of the Cape Verde Islands when this image was acquired. Low to mid-altitude clouds are visible across the image. Some thunderstorms can be seen near the left center of the image as the sun reflects off the higher cloud tops.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-715-038 (4 March 2002) --- Astronauts John M. Grunsfeld, STS-109 payload commander, works in tandem with astronaut Richard M. Linnehan, mission specialist, as the two devote their attention to the replacing one of the Hubble Space Telescope?s (HST) two second-generation solar arrays, which is also know as SA2, and a Diode Box Assembly. The solar array was replaced with a new, third-generation solar array, which is called SA3. Linnehan stands on a foot restraint on the end of the Space Shuttle Columbia's Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The space walkers also did some prep work for STS-109?s other sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-708-063 (4 March 2002) --- One of the STS-109 astronauts in the crew cabin of the Space Shuttle Columbia took this 70mm photo of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), latched down in the shuttle's cargo bay, prior to the first half of solar array replacement project. Astronauts John M. Grunsfeld and Richard M. Linnehan on flight day four replaced the starboard panels during the mission's initial space walk. Astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino replaced the port array on the following day.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-713-003 (8 March 2002) --- Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, STS-109 payload commander, anchored on the end of the Space Shuttle Columbia?s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm, moves toward the giant Hubble Space Telescope (HST) temporarily hosted in the orbiter?s cargo bay. Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan works in tandem with Grunsfeld during this fifth and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Activities for the space walk centered around the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) to install a Cryogenic Cooler and its Cooling System Radiator.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-005 (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia begins its 27th flight in the pre-dawn hours from Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff for STS-109 occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks. On board the spacecraft were astronauts Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld, James H. Newman, Richard M. Linnehan and Michael J. Massimino.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-708-054 (3 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), backdropped against a horizon scene while in the grasp of the Space Shuttle Columbia's robotic arm, was captured by the STS-109 crew members on flight day three. Moments later, the giant telescope was locked down in the shuttle's cargo bay, where it went on to remain for almost a week as the crew members performed five space walks in five days to service and upgrade it.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-716-025 (4 March 2002) --- Astronaut Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 mission specialist, anchored on the end of the Space Shuttle Columbia?s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm, unfolds a solar array during the mission?s first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld (out of frame), payload commander, works in tandem with Linnehan during the space walk to replace one of the two Hubble Space Telescope?s (HST) second-generation solar arrays, which is also know as SA2, and a Diode Box Assembly. The solar array was replaced with a new, third-generation solar array, which is called SA3. The space walkers also did some prep work for STS-109?s other sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-013 (12 March 2002)--- The Space Shuttle Columbia, with its crew of seven astronauts on board, touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-109 to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Wheel stop occurred on orbit 165 at 4:33:09 a.m. EST with mission elapsed time of 10 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes. Main gear touchdown occurred at 4:31:52 a.m. and nose wheel touchdown an 4:32:02. It was the 58th landing at KSC out of 108 missions in the history of the Shuttle program.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-006 (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia begins its 27th flight in the pre-dawn hours from Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff for STS-109 occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks. On board the spacecraft were astronauts Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld, James H. Newman, Richard M. Linnehan and Michael J. Massimino.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-730-027 (9 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), sporting new solar arrays and other important but less visible new hardware, begins its separation from the Space Shuttle Columbia. The STS-109 crew deployed the giant telescope at 4:04 a.m. CST (1004 GMT), March 9, 2002. Afterward, the seven crewmembers began to focus their attention to the trip home, scheduled for March 12. The STS-109 astronauts conducted five space walks to service and upgrade Hubble.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-007 (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia begins its 27th flight in the pre-dawn hours from Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff for STS-109 occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks. On board the spacecraft were astronauts Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld, James H. Newman, Richard M. Linnehan and Michael J. Massimino.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-711-064 (7 March 2002) --- Two of Columbia's four spacewalkers--astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino--participate in the first science instrument upgrade of the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission during the flight's fourth day of extravehicular activity (EVA). The two, with Newman on Columbia's remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm, removed the Faint Object Camera to make room for the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-708-038 (3 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), in the grasp of the Space Shuttle Columbia's robotic arm, is captured by the STS-109 crew members on flight day three. Moments later, the giant telescope was locked down in the shuttle's cargo bay, where it went on to remain as the crew members performed five space walks in the following week to service and upgrade it.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
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Description STS109-713-014 (8 March 2002) --- Astronauts John M. Grunsfeld (right) and Richard M. Linnehan, STS-109 payload commander and mission specialist, respectively, are photographed near the giant Hubble Space Telescope (HST) temporarily hosted in the Space Shuttle Columbia?s cargo bay at the close of the fifth and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Activities for the space walk centered around the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) to install a Cryogenic Cooler and its Cooling System Radiator.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-713-062 (9 March 2002) --- The Hubble Space Telescope (partially obscured), photographed from one of the Space Shuttle Columbia?s windows, begins its separation from the orbiter as it is released from the remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm. The STS-109 crew deployed the giant telescope at 4:04 a.m. CST (1004 GMT), March 9, 2002. Afterward, the seven crewmembers began to focus their attention to the trip home, scheduled for March 12. The STS-109 astronauts conducted five space walks to service and upgrade Hubble.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-711-035 (7 March 2002) --- Two of Columbia's four spacewalkers--astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino--participate in the first science instrument upgrade of the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission during the flight's fourth day of extravehicular activity (EVA). The two, with Newman on Columbia's remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm, removed the Faint Object Camera to make room for the new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The HST, illuminated by the sunrise, provides stark contrast to the blackness of space in this scene. Arching between the telescope and one of the solar panels is the thin line of Earth?s atmosphere.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-019 (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia begins its 27th flight in the pre-dawn hours from Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff for STS-109 occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks. On board the spacecraft were astronauts Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld, James H. Newman, Richard M. Linnehan and Michael J. Massimino.
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2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-017 (12 March 2002)--- The Space Shuttle Columbia, with its crew of seven astronauts on board, approaches touchdown on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-109 to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Wheel stop occurred on orbit 165 at 4:33:09 a.m. EST with mission elapsed time of 10 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes. Main gear touchdown occurred at 4:31:52 a.m. and nose wheel touchdown an 4:32:02. It was the 58th landing at KSC out of 108 missions in the history of the Shuttle program.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-015 (12 March 2002) -- Posing in front of the Space Shuttle Columbia is the returning STS-109 crew. From left are astronauts James H. Newman, Michael J. Massimino, Nancy J. Currie, Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, John M. Grunsfeld and Richard M. Linnehan . The crew returned to Earth after a successful 11-day mission servicing and upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope. Wheel stop occurred on orbit 165 at 4:33:09 a.m. EST. Main gear touchdown occurred at 4:31:52 a.m. and nose wheel touchdown at 4:32:02. Rollout time was 1 minute, 17 seconds. This was the 58th landing at KSC out of 108 missions in the history of the Shuttle program.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-020 (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia passes through some pre-dawn clouds as it soars into the sky to begin its 27th flight, STS-109. Liftoff occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks. On board the spacecraft were astronauts Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld, James H. Newman, Richard M. Linnehan and Michael J. Massimino.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-016 (12 March 2002)--- The Space Shuttle Columbia, with its crew of seven astronauts on board, approaches touchdown on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-109 to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Wheel stop occurred on orbit 165 at 4:33:09 a.m. EST with mission elapsed time of 10 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes. Main gear touchdown occurred at 4:31:52 a.m. and nose wheel touchdown an 4:32:02. It was the 58th landing at KSC out of 108 missions in the history of the Shuttle program.
STS-109 Shuttle Mission...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description STS109-S-022 (1 March 2002) --- The STS-109 crew members wave to onlookers as they stride out from the Operations and Checkout Building, eager to get to the launch pad. They are, from front to back, Duane G. Carey (left) and Scott D. Altman (right); Nancy J. Currie, mission specialist; John M. Grunsfeld (left), payload commander, and Richard M. Linnehan (right); James H. Newman (left) and Michael J. Massimino (right), all mission specialists. On mission STS-109, the crew will capture the Hubble Space Telescope using Columbia's robotic arm and secure it on a work stand in Columbia's payload bay. Four members of the crew will perform five scheduled space walks to complete system upgrades to the telescope. Mission STS-109 is the 27th flight of the orbiter Columbia and the 108th flight overall in NASA's Space Shuttle program.
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