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ESA HST team status report: a new and improved HST is released

19 May 2009, 19:08 UTC
ESA HST team status report: a new and improved HST is released
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“Today begins the second Hubble revolution.” - David Leckrone, Senior Project Scientist for Hubble Space Telescope
Status Report 5 of the ESA HST support team at NASA GSFC: issued Tuesday 19.5.2009 shortly after successful in-orbit release of the HST from the Atlantis orbiter
HST SM 4: Servicing Mission accomplished - full mission success
After successful completion by the [...]

Astronaut John Grunsfeld completes the final tasks of Servicing Mission 4. Image credit: NASA
“Today begins the second Hubble revolution.” - David Leckrone, Senior Project Scientist for Hubble Space Telescope
Status Report 5 of the ESA HST support team at NASA GSFC: issued Tuesday 19.5.2009 shortly after successful in-orbit release of the HST from the Atlantis orbiter
HST SM 4: Servicing Mission accomplished - full mission success
After successful completion by the astronauts of five days of EVA (spacewalk) refurbishment/repair activities for HST, the telescope has just been released into orbit by the grapple fixture of the Atlantis Remote Manipulator System (robotic arm).
The planned replacement of COSTAR and WFPC2 with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Wide Field Camera (WFC3) has been accomplished and functional testing was successful.
The unprecedented in-orbit repair of Hubble’s scientific instruments (not designed for ...

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