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  • Wide Field and planetary Camera 2 is prepared for shipping to Goddard Space Flight Center.

    Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 is Prepared for Shipping

    06.29.09 - Program technicians prepare the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC 2) for shipment back to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

  • Hubble in orbit with Earth in the foreground.

    Hubble Space Telescope Status Report

    06.24.09 - On June 22, at 12:21 PM EDT, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) aboard Hubble temporarily suspended operations when an optical mechanism movement failed to reach its intended destination. The HST team quickly identified the root cause which required a minor update to the COS flight software.

  • Hubble in orbit with Earth in the foreground.

    Hubble Space Telescope Status Report

    06.22.09 - Following a meeting with the SI C&DH Anomaly Review Board at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on June 19, the HST Program approved a plan to bring the science instruments out of safe hold.

  • Hubble in orbit with Earth in the foreground.

    Hubble Space Telescope Status Report

    06.18.09 - The newly installed Science Instrument Command and Data Handler (SI C&DH) experienced an anomaly on June 15. Engineers performed a successful power cycle succeeded on the SI C&DH and each science instrument was commanded into its safe mode by HST's flight controllers.

  • Personnel in the STOCC watching the monitors during the fifth and final EVA.

    May 18, 2009 - Flight Day 8

    05.18.09 - The fifth and final partnership between a space shuttle crew and the Hubble Space Telescope is in its final hours. With the completion of today’s spacewalk, Hubble is now ready to continue its exploration of the cosmos with a full complement of science instruments.

  • The control room, during the live broadcast of STOCC Update.

    May 17, 2009 - Flight Day 7

    05.17.09 - Very early on Sunday morning, word came from functional test analysis that yesterday’s repair activities on the Advanced Camera for Surveys had achieved the prime objective of the effort—restoration of the instrument’s Wide Field Channel (WFC).

  • Flight Controllers at Goddard's Space Telescope Operations Control Center monitor progress during the third spacewalk of Hubble servicing mission 4.

    May 16, 2009 - Flight Day 6

    05.16.09 - The addition of a new science instrument and an unprecedented on-orbit repair of a severely under-performing camera on Hubble highlighted Saturday activities aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.

  • An engineer monitors activities on the large screens at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center.

    May 15, 2009 - Flight Day 5

    05.15.09 - With the completion of the second STS-125 spacewalk today, the three science priorities for Hubble on the final shuttle servicing mission have already been met: the installation of a new science instrument, a new command and data handling unit and six new gyros.

  • Engineers at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center.

    May 14, 2009 - Flight Day 4

    05.14.09 - With the first of the five planned spacewalks completed, two of the three top mission priorities have already been met with the installation of a new science instrument and a new command and data handling unit.

  • Engineers monitor Hubble at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center.

    May 13, 2009 - Flight Day 3

    05.13.09 - The major event on Wednesday in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) was Space Shuttle Atlantis’ rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope. Despite not being able to follow the nominal plan, a back-up approach which accomplished the same objective was used.