STS-125 Flight Day 3 Gallery

  • Hawaiian vog from Kilauea volcano› View High-res
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    S125-E-006569 (13 May 2009) --- Hawaiian vog from Kilauea volcano, on the island of Hawaii, has been erupting continuously since 1983. This image, taken by the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis (after completing the capture of the Hubble Space Telescope), shows the volcanic plumes from Kilauea rising up from Halema`uma`u Crater and along the coastline from lava flows entering the ocean from the East rift zone. The volcanic activity has created a blanket of volcanic fog, called vog that envelops the island. The Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) maintains a website (including webcams) that continuously monitors and updates reports on the volcanic activity. Recent maps indicate expanded lava coverage along the coastal plain. In addition, Hawaii's Department of Health maintains daily vog alerts, and publishes advisories for vog conditions around the "big island" of Hawaii and the state. When this image was acquired, the region west of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (downwind from the coastal plumes) had a vog advisory for people with respiratory sensitivities. The Volcano Observatory also reported that "Lava from east rift zone vents continues to flow through tubes to the coast and is entering the ocean at two locations west of Kalapana. Sulfur dioxide emission rates from the Halema`uma`u and Pu`u `O`o vents remain elevated. Sulfur dioxide emission rates remain elevated and variable; the most recent rate measurement was 1,200 tonnes/day on May 12, compared to the 2003-2007 average rate of 140 tonnes/day. Small amounts of mostly ash-sized tephra continue to be produced consisting mostly of Pele's hair -- irregular pieces of vesicular glass -- and a few hollow spherules."

  • John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino (partially out of frame at right)› View High-res
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    S125-E-007280 (13 May 2009) --- Astronauts John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino (partially out of frame at right), both STS-125 mission specialists, are pictured on the middeck of Space Shuttle Atlantis during flight day three activities.

  • Andrew Feustel (left) and John Grunsfeld› View High-res
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    S125-E-007285 (13 May 2009) --- Astronaut Andrew Feustel (left) and John Grunsfeld, both STS-125 mission specialists, are pictured on the middeck of Space Shuttle Atlantis during flight day three activities.

  • Mexico's Baja California and part of southern California› View High-res
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    S125-E-007103 (13 May 2009) --- Part of Mexico's Baja California and part of southern California, including the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, can be seen in this STS-125 still photo taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it passed near the Pacific Coast. The Gulf of California is in the foreground. The Salton Sea/Imperial Valley area can be seen at top center.

  • Part of southern California› View High-res
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    S125-E-007099 (13 May 2009) --- Part of southern California, including the San Diego area, and the border with Mexico can be seen in this STS-125 still photo taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it passed over the Pacific Coast. The Salton Sea can be seen at upper right. The greater Los Angeles area is just out of frame at upper left.

  • Hubble Space Telescope› View High-res
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    S125-E-006669 (13 May 2009) --- An STS-125 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope following grapple of the giant observatory by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system.

  • Hubble Space Telescope› View High-res
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    S125-E-006670 (13 May 2009) --- An STS-125 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope following grapple of the giant observatory by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system.

  • Hubble Space Telescope› View High-res
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    S125e006948 (13 May 2009) --- An STS-125 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope following grapple of the giant observatory by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system.

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    S125-E-006955 (13 May 2009) --- An STS-125 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope following grapple of the giant observatory by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system.

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    S125-E-006972 (13 May 2009) --- An STS-125 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope following grapple of the giant observatory by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system.