Image Above: Technicians install Hubble's new flight batteries onto
the SLIC in the PHSF at the Kennedy Space Center, FL. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn > View larger image
SM4 - Next Stop - Atlantis!
Hubble's new batteries were integrated onto the Super Light-weight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC) in the Payload Hazardous Systems Facility (PHSF) at the Kennedy Space Center, FL on Friday, April 10. With this final piece of mission flight hardware now in place, all 22,500 pounds of Hubble hardware is ready to be loaded into the payload Canister for its ride to launch Pad 39A, where it will loaded back into the Space Shuttle Atlantis on April 18.
The Hubble Space Telescope Program also received a resounding "thumbs up" to proceed to launch from the Goddard Center Management Council, on Friday, April 10, at the conclusion of the Mission Readiness Review. During this important review milestone, Hubble managers presented the readiness of the hardware, facilities and personnel to support launch activities and execute the servicing mission. The entire Hubble team remains on track for a May 12 launch of Atlantis.
For more information about Servicing Mission 4 to Hubble, go to: www.nasa.gov/hubble