Posted by Lydia on May 11th, 2009
Atlantis, transporting Mission STS-125 is on its way to visit Hubble, now in its 19th year of service. This is the first time two shuttles were on the launchpad simultaneously. Due to the location of Hubble which is in a high density “space junk” field, another shuttle is on the pad in “ready mode” for any arising emergency. Five spacewalks are required to repair two inactive instruments along with the installation of two new ones and necessary instrument updates. During the eleven day mission the public can stay in touch via NASA’s Twitter page.
Mission STS-125 Commander is veteran astronaut Scott Altman, the pilot is retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson. The crew also includes Mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino, both experienced sky walkers, and first time space visitors Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and Megan McArthur.
We look forward to another successful mission awarding us Hubble enjoyment through the year 2014.