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Atlantis will meet the Hubble Space Telescope today

During the first day of the mission, the astronauts checked the shuttle's heat shield - a standard safety procedure since the Columbia disaster

The cargo deck of Atlantis on the background of the Earth. Today. Photo: NASA
The cargo deck of Atlantis on the background of the Earth. Today. Photo: NASA

On their first day in orbit, the Atlantis crew on mission STS-125 spent time scanning the shuttle's heat shield, a routine procedure that astronauts perform on the first day of every shuttle flight so that NASA's control center personnel can determine with certainty that the shuttle was not damaged during launch.

The team used the robotic arm and its extension device to also reach problematic areas such as the underside of the wings.

Today, Wednesday, Atlantis is supposed to retrieve the Hubble Space Telescope and lower it onto its cargo deck. Today, the crew members checked the tools they will use during the encounter with the telescope and the five expected spacewalks in order to carry out the replacements and repairs, and also checked the integrity of the spacesuits.

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