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The flight to Hubble will leave on September 10, 2008

The space shuttle Atlantis will depart for the Hubble Space Telescope upgrade operation with seven crew members, equipment and spare parts

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

NASA managers officially announced a target date for carrying out a mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope - September 10, 2008. The space shuttle Atlantis will ascend for the fifth upgrade mission of the telescope during an 11-day mission, with the participation of seven astronauts who will repair and improve the telescope's capabilities, so that it can function until 2013 .

The mission planners have been working since last fall, when the mission estimates were announced, to determine the best time to launch a mission to Hubble, in such a way that the damage to the assembly of the International Space Station - the main mission of the shuttles - will be minimal.

NASA will also use the "launch on demand" method for the first time During the mourning mission. Should an event occur that would require a rescue, God forbid, the shuttle Endeavor will be waiting, ready for launch on launch pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center. However, managers are constantly evaluating the details of the assignment.

The missions beyond the Hubble flight, numbered STS-125, have not yet been determined. The managers of the shuttle program and the space station will continue to consider the options for the remaining flights required to complete the station train until 2010, the date when the shuttles are retired. These tasks are still subject to change.

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