The 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.
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Be the Mastermind Behind the Mission Activity
Students 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.
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This 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.
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Five Spacewalks Are Planned for Hubble Servicing Mission
The 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.
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Goddard Engineers and Divers Multi-Task for Hubble
How do NASA astronauts prepare for Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions? The planning can be tedious and the preparation involves a lot of time. The astronauts spend many hours practicing on intricate, full-sized models of the telescope. More information about training is available here.
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Innovative Tools for an Out-of-This-World Job
The 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.
Learn more about the special tools in this feature story and short video.
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NASA 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.
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NASA Hubble eClips
NASA eClips are videos highlighting current research and innovations along with lesson plans that can be used in the classroom.
The links below point to a page that lists several eClips. Please scroll through the list below the large video by using the scroll bar tot he far right to find the spacewalk-related titles as they are shown in the list below:
› Hubble Clothing: Thermal Protection Blankets →
› The Importance of Spacesuits →
› Radiation →
› Hubble Thermal Blanket →
› Power Tools in Space →
› The Making of the Biosuit →
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