Share Your Thoughts on the Hubble Mission
the Hubble Space Telescope This photo of the Hubble Space Telescope was taken on the second servicing mission in 1997. Credit: NASA
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Atlantis lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:02 p.m. ET on May 11, 2009, on its way to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. The STS-125 astronauts' five scheduled spacewalks are designed to leave Hubble in the best shape of its 19 years.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., plays a major role in this mission. Astronauts trained with sophisticated Hubble models in Goddard facilities, and all of the telescope's components went through extensive testing at the center.

Goddard's Space Telescope Operations Control Center staff upload the commands to Hubble that tell it where to point and when, what sensing instruments to use, and when to send data back to Earth. They also troubleshoot any problems that arise. During the servicing mission, the control center plays a vital role in ensuring all the new Hubble components will operate properly after the astronauts install them.

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