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June 24, 2009

Chris McGee, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-3249

Hubble Space Telescope Repair Crew Visits Stennis Space Center

Astronauts from the STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope shared accounts of their mission today at StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center.

The crewmembers-Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Greg Johnson and Mission Specialists Megan McArthur, Michael Good, Drew Feustel and Mike Massimino-thanked Stennis employees for their contributions to the success of the mission and presented a plaque to Marina Benigno, director of center operations.

The astronauts spent five consecutive days conducting five spacewalks to provide upgrades to the telescope as part of their 14-day mission aboard space shuttle Atlantis. They faced challenges unique to the mission, including dangerous debris in Hubble's vicinity and the lack of a safe haven normally offered in trips to the International Space Station.

Hubble was in dire need of repairs but now can continue to send back breathtaking images, prompting further scientific discoveries and exploration of the universe.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.

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