Astronauts John Grunsfeld (right) and Richard M. Linnehan are on a spacewalk near the Hubble Space Telescope during Hubble Servicing Mission 3B. Image Credit: NASAThe STS-125 astronaut crew performed five back-to-back spacewalks to repair and service the Hubble Space Telescope. The tasks completed on these spacewalks extended the operational lifetime of HST through 2014. The success of the mission depended on the spacesuits, tools and skills that were used to repair Hubble and the people of NASA who make this all happen.
Spectacular sights, unexpected insights — the Hubble Space Telescope has brought both. Image Credit: USA TodayThis six-week project asks student teams of four to design an astronaut tool that could fix a problem on the Hubble Space Telescope. The project encourages individual responsibility, collaboration and creativity; it requires integrated and experiential learning and concludes with the submission of a project portfolio that documents and demonstrates student accomplishments.
Teach students critical skills with this interactive activity based on Servicing Mission 3B. Image Credit: NASAStudents use critical thinking and reading skills by searching for word and picture clues from the events of the 2002 Servicing Mission 3B, including the shuttle launch and spacewalks to place mission events in the correct sequence.
This image shows the Hubble Space Telescope in the shuttle on the robotic arm. Image Credit: DigitalSpace CorporationThis is a spacewalk simulation that can be downloaded and run on PC, but not Macintosh, platforms. The software lets users experience one of three spacewalks and select different camera views as astronauts perform tasks to replace parts of the telescope. The simulation is currently a Public Beta.
Astronaut Mike Massimino waves as he performs a spacewalk during Hubble Servicing Mission 3B. Image Credit: NASAThe five spacewalks that upgraded and enhanced Hubble's capabilities began on the fourth day of the mission. Visit the Space Shuttle Mission Information page to read about the five excursions outside the spacecraft.
Hubble Carrier manager Mark Hubbard (left) and EVA and crew systems engineer Steve Schneider prepare for the mission to Hubble with a scuba run in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas. Image Credit: NASAGoddard Engineers and Divers Multi-Task for Hubble
Servicing Mission 4 astronaut Andrew Feustel trains with fellow astronauts and Hubble engineers in the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Feustel is using a computer-controlled power tool, called the Pistol Grip Tool, to install the Wide Field Camera 3 into a high-fidelity Hubble model. Image Credit: NASAThe Crew Aids and Tools team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is responsible for designing and manufacturing special equipment for astronauts to use on Hubble servicing missions. Engineers have been working on custom tools and other aids that astronauts will need as they make necessary upgrades and repairs to the famed observatory.
NASA EDGE takes a unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet. Image Credit: NASANASA Edge Hubble Vodcast: Last Mission to Hubble The Last Mission to Hubble vodcast includes a Hubble trivia quiz, an inside look at Hubble engineering challenges from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and tons of pre-quarantine interviews with the astronaut crew from NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
The NASA eClips™: Innovative Real World Learning videos offer useful, up-to-date information for the classroom. Image Credit: NASANASA eClips are videos highlighting current research and innovations along with lesson plans that can be used in the classroom.