NASA's Space Shuttle Minute

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NASA's Space Shuttle Minute
09.15.08
 
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I'm Jeremy Graeber and this is the Space Shuttle Minute.

At NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians are readying space shuttle Atlantis and a host of payloads for the STS-125 mission -- the last shuttle flight to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Also known as Servicing Mission 4, the mission will extend the life of the orbiting observatory by at least five more years.

Several instruments and specialized carriers are being prepped for flight in Kennedy's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. The powerful Wide Field Camera 3 will ride into orbit on the Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier, along with six new Hubble batteries.

The Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier will hold the new Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, as well as a refurbished Fine Guidance Sensor, new gyroscopes and an IMAX camera.

The Flight Support System will deliver the new Soft Capture and Rendezvous System, which will help controllers safely deorbit the telescope at the end of its science mission.

I'm Jeremy Graeber and that's your Space Shuttle Minute.

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