Friday, May 8, 2009

Hubble Space Telescope to Receive Repairs

Recently, NASA has announced that it will be launching another shuttle, whose misson is to try to repair and update the Hubble Space Telescope.

The team of scientists, ranging from astronauts to an oceanographer, will be lead by Commander Scott Altman. They will be launching in the shuttle, Atlantis, on Monday, May 11, and will be around the Hubble Telescope for 11 days. NASA also has a backup shuttle that will be on standby and will launch when needed, with a week's notice.

If this mission is successful Hubble will be at the zenith of its "career." The astronauts will be repairing or updating all of Hubble's current equipment and adding some new pieces that will help Hubble operate better.

This mission is long-awaited and many people are getting very excited. For any other info look on the NASA website. There you will find prelaunch activities going on and a countdown clock.

Image courtesy of NASA website.

MISSION UPDATE: Astronauts blasted off for the world’s last visit to the Hubble Space Telescope on Monday. Here’s a news report from The New York Times.

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