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STS-125 -- Mission to Hubble

The crew of space shuttle mission STS-125 has completed its mission!

Seven astronauts were on space shuttle Atlantis for this mission. They were astronauts Mike Massimino, Michael Good, Gregory C. Johnson, Scott Altman, Megan McArthur, John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel. Altman was the commander and Johnson was the pilot. The STS-125 mission was the fifth space shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel practiced installing Hubble's new camera during underwater training. Astronaut Michael Massimino practiced for a spacewalk, too. They practiced spacewalking in a gigantic swimming pool. The pool is part of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The pool is big enough to hold a full-size model of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Important Mission

During 11 days and five spacewalks, the STS-125 crew made repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope. Their work made Hubble better than ever and ready for another five years -- or more -- of research.

Visit From a Prince

Prince Philip, husband of the Queen of England, talked to astronauts Megan McArthur, Scott Altman and Greg Johnson about the trip to the Hubble Space Telescope. He was visiting NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

A New Stamp

The STS-125 crew helped the U.S. Postal Service show off its new stamp. It shows a picture of the Hubble Space Telescope's namesake, astronomer Edwin P. Hubble.

The STS-125 Patch

The Hubble Space Telescope is at the bottom of the patch. Hubble studies the universe. The work done during the STS-125 mission gave Hubble an even better view of the universe. Soaring by the telescope is the space shuttle. Hubble was first put into space by a shuttle, and the space shuttle has played an important part in taking care of the telescope.

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Page Last Updated: January 21st, 2014
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