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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Vertical Processing Facility, STS-109 Payload Commander John Grunsfeld checks out the NICMOS radiator during crew familiarization activities. Part of the payload on mission STS-109, the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) is a new experimental cooling system consisting of a compressor and tiny turbines. With the experimental cryogenic system, NASA hopes to re-cool the infrared detectors to below -315 degrees F (-193 degrees Celsius). NICMOS II was previously tested aboard STS-95 in 1998. NICMOS could extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope by several years. Astronauts aboard Columbia on mission STS-109 will be replacing the original NICMOS with the newer version. Launch of Columbia is scheduled Feb. 28, 2002
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Vertical Processing Facility, STS-109 crew members take part in familiarization activities, looking over the payload of repair equipment they will be handling on the mission. From left are Mission Specialists Nancy Curry, Michael Massimino and Richard Linnehan, and Payload Commander John Grunsfeld. The goal of the mission is to service the Hubble Space Telescope, replacing Solar Array 2 with Solar Array 3, replacing the Power Control Unit, removing the Faint Object Camera and installing the Advanced Camera System, installing the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) Cooling System, and installing New Outer Blanket Layer insulation. Launch of Columbia on mission STS-109 is scheduled Feb. 28, 2002
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The NICMOS II radiator is ready for checkout in the Vertical Processing Facility. The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) Cooling System is part of the payload on mission STS-109, the Hubble Servicing Telescope mission. NICMOS is a new experimental cooling system consisting of a compressor and tiny turbines. With the experimental cryogenic system, NASA hopes to re-cool the infrared detectors to below -315 degrees F (-193 degrees Celsius). NICMOS II was previously tested aboard STS-95 in 1998. NICMOS could extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope by several years. Astronauts aboard Columbia on mission STS-109 will be replacing the original NICMOS with the newer version. Launch of Columbia is scheduled Feb. 28, 2002
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Workers in the Vertical Processing Facility oversee the installation of the NICMOS radiator onto the MULE (Multi-Use Lightweight Equipment) carrier. Part of the payload on mission STS-109, the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) is a new experimental cooling system consisting of a compressor and tiny turbines. With the experimental cryogenic system, NASA hopes to re-cool the infrared detectors to below -315 degrees F (-193 degrees Celsius). NICMOS II was previously tested aboard STS-95 in 1998. NICMOS could extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope by several years. Astronauts aboard Columbia on mission STS-109 will be replacing the original NICMOS with the newer version. Launch of Columbia on mission STS-109 is scheduled Feb. 28, 2002
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