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The mission to Hubble, on May 11 at nine in the evening Israel time

This was decided by NASA after a flight readiness meeting that took place last Thursday

STS-125 mission tag
STS-125 mission tag

A little earlier than expected, the shuttle Atlantis will be launched for mission STS-125, the last mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. This is according to the Atlantis flight readiness review, in which the project managers announced that the launch will take place on May 11 at 14:01 EST, 21:01 Israel time.

During the 11 days of the flight, the astronauts will perform five spacewalks and install two new instruments, repair two that are not working and replace components that will keep the telescope functioning at least until 2014.

In addition to the planned work, Atlantis will carry two new scientific instruments and a data storage system. The astronauts will install the unit on the telescope and remove the one that stopped working on September 27, 2008, delaying the launch until the replacement unit is ready.

Retired astronaut Scott Altman will command the mission and retired Navy pilot Gregory Johnson will be the pilot. Also participating in the mission will be veteran spacewalkers: John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimo, and those who will be going on spacewalks for the first time: Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and Megan MacArthur.

More on the subject on the science website

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