February 27, 2012 - Hubble Upgrade

Hubble Upgrade The Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be regularly serviced and upgraded as new technology became available. It’s fitting, then, that the fourth servicing mission, STS-109, which was launched ten years ago this week, was undertaken by the shuttle Columbia, which itself had recently undergone nearly three years of renovations, albeit in more conventional ground-based facilities. Seen here, astronaut James Newman moves about in Columbia’s cargo bay while working with astronaut Mike Massimino (out of frame), during the mission’s second day of extravehicular activity, which lasted over seven hours. Part of the giant telescope’s base, latched down in the payload bay, can be seen behind Newman. Upgrades to Hubble included the Advanced Camera for Surveys and new solar arrays.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

February 27 - March 4, 2012

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 27

Jupiter 4° south of Moon
Moon at apogee

1897: Bernard Lyot born
1970: HL-10 sets lifting body altitude record of 90,300 feet

Moon phase Tuesday 28

1959: Discoverer 1 launched
1966: Gemini IX primary crew, Bassett & See, killed in plane crash
1990: STS-36 Atlantis launched
2007: New Horizons spacecraft flies past Jupiter en route to Pluto

Moon phase Wednesday 29

First Quarter Moon 8:21 PM ET

Moon phase Thursday 1

1927: George Abell born
1966: Venera 3 impacts on Venus
1982: Venera 13 returns first color photos from the surface of Venus
2002: STS-109 Columbia launched

Moon phase Friday 2

1972: Pioneer 10 launched
1995: STS-67 Endeavour launched (Astro-2 mission)
2004: Rosetta cometary probe launched

Moon phase Saturday 3

Mars at opposition

1959: Pioneer 4 launched
1969: Apollo 9 launched

Sunday 4

1979: Jupiter’s rings discovered
1994: STS-62 Columbia launched

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