Launch and Landing

    Mission: STS-125
    Orbiter: Atlantis
    Primary Payload: Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4
    Launch Date: May 11, 2009
    Launch Time: 2:01 p.m. EDT
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Mission Duration: 13 days
    Landing Date: May 24, 2009
    Landing Time: 11:39 a.m. EDT
    Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
    Inclination/Altitude: 28.5 degrees/304 nautical miles

    STS-125: Hubble's Last Visit

    Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    Image above: Banks of trees and bushes provide a frame for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph-Kevin O'Connell
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    Space Shuttle Atlantis settles down toward Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base as it concludes its historic final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

    Image above: Space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Image credit: NASA/Carla Thomas
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    Space shuttle Atlantis rides aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

    Image above: After a two-day trip from Edwards Air Force Base in California, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and its piggyback passenger, space shuttle Atlantis, approach the Shuttle Landing Facility runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
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    Carrying a crew of seven astronauts, space shuttle Atlantis began the STS-125 mission with a brilliant, on-time launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 11, 2009.

    The final servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was originally set for launch in October 2008, but was delayed when equipment aboard Hubble failed just a few weeks before liftoff. With the replacement unit added to the payload, the crew was ready for the challenges of working on the orbiting observatory.

    The mission included five spacewalks on consecutive days, completing all the mission's objectives for servicing and replacing some of Hubble's key instruments and equipment and extending its life well into the next decade.

    Originally planned as an 11-day mission, the Florida weather that favored launch did not hold for landing. With relentless rain and storms plaguing the Space Coast, landing at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility was waved off for three consecutive days, prompting a touchdown at the alternative landing site, Edwards Air Force Base in California, on May 24.

    When the STS-125 astronauts' nearly 5.3-million mile journey ended, it marked the final time that humans will touch the legendary telescope.

    On June 2, after a two-day ferry flight from Edwards, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft brought Atlantis back to its home base in Florida. The carrier and its piggyback passenger landed at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility runway.

Shuttle Features

Mission Accomplished: Leaving Hubble Better Than Ever

STS-125 Mission Specialist Andrew Feustel and John Grusfeld

Take one space shuttle, seven highly trained astronauts, tons of equipment, and one legendary orbiting telescope and you have the 5.3 million-mile odyssey that was Hubble's final servicing mission.

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Hubble Flight Tests Toolmakers

Engineer tests mini power tool.

Tool designers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center had to invent several new instruments for the STS-125 mission.

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Pocket Telescope, Lens Celebrate Hubble Mission

STS-125 mission logo

The astronauts of Atlantis will mark their mission with a wide array of commemorative items they take into space.

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STS-125 Mission Stats

    Mission Elapsed Time
    12 days, 21 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds

    Total Miles Traveled
    5.276 million

    Official Landing Times
    Main gear: 11:39:05 a.m. EDT
    Nose gear: 11:39:15 a.m. EDT
    Wheelstop: 11:40:15 a.m. EDT

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