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NASA's Space Shuttle Minute
Hello, I'm Wes Mosedale, NASA test director, and this is your space shuttle minute.
The seven astronauts of STS-125 flew to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a close-up look at the equipment they will use to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
Commander Scott Altman will lead the crew, and a team of four spacewalkers will handle most of the equipment in space.
The astronauts are slated to perform spacewalks on five consecutive days to add fresh components to Hubble so it can continue its groundbreaking work for another five years.
John Grunsfeld tried out a camera he could use to photograph the heat shield during the mission.
Grunsfeld is an astronomer who worked on Hubble during two previous missions, STS-103 in 1999 and STS-109 in 2002.
Mike Massimino also worked on the Hubble during the STS-109 mission.
First-time spacewalkers Drew Feustel and Mike Good also practiced with equipment in anticipation of the coming mission.
Mission Specialist Megan McArthur and Pilot Greg Johnson round out the crew.
The astronauts also took a look inside space shuttle Atlantis, which is targeted to take the crew into orbit Oct. 8.
I'm Wes Mosedale, and that's your space shuttle minute.
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