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May 6, 2019 - Fond Farewell to Hubble

Fond Farewell to Hubble  If space shuttles were creatures of habit, Atlantis might have headed straight for the International Space Station when it was launched ten years ago this week. It had been more than fourteen years since Atlantis had traveled somewhere other than the ISS or the Mir space station. The STS-125 mission had a different goal: the fifth and final servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, seen here just before its final deployment at mission’s end. During the thirteen-day mission, the crew added a new camera and spectrograph, and they replaced six gyroscopes, a fine-guidance sensor, and two batteries. Although Hubble is now more powerful and healthy than ever, the crew did attach a new docking mechanism that would allow it to be deorbited at the end of its useful life.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

May 6 - 12, 2019

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

 

Monday 6

Eta Aquarid meteor shower

1968: Neil Armstrong ejects safely from Lunar Landing Research Vehicle before it crashes
1975: NASA announces that Canada will build the Shuttle robot arm

Tuesday 7

Mars 3° north of Moon

1992: STS-49 Endeavour launched

Wednesday 8

Thursday 9

2003: Hayabusa launched, first mission to retrieve a sample from an asteroid

Friday 10

1900: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin born
1967:
M2-F2 lifting body crash-lands; footage later becomes opening scene of “The Six Million Dollar Man”

Saturday 11

Astronomy Day (Spring)

First Qtr Moon 9:12 PM ET

2009: STS-125 Atlantis launched, fifth and final Hubble servicing mission

Sunday 12

Mother's Day

1930: Adler Planetarium opens, first planetarium in Western Hemisphere

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