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February 27, 2012 - Hubble Upgrade

27 Feb 2012, 05:00 UTC
February 27, 2012 - Hubble Upgrade
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The Week in SpaceFebruary 27 - March 4, 2012 Hubble Upgrade The Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be regularly serviced and upgraded as new technology became available. It’s fitting, then, that the fourth servicing mission, STS-109, which was launched ten years ago this week, was undertaken by the shuttle Columbia, which itself had recently undergone nearly three years of renovations, albeit in more conventional ground-based facilities. Seen here, astronaut James Newman moves about in Columbia’s cargo bay while working with astronaut Mike Massimino (out of frame), during the mission’s second day of extravehicular activity, which lasted over seven hours. Part of the giant telescope’s base, latched down in the payload bay, can be seen behind Newman. Upgrades to Hubble included the Advanced Camera for Surveys and new solar arrays.Image credit: NASA Weekly CalendarFebruary 27 - March 4, 2012Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 27Jupiter 4° south of MoonMoon at apogee 1897: Bernard Lyot born 1970: HL-10 sets lifting body altitude record of 90,300 feet Tuesday 281959: Discoverer 1 launched1966: Gemini IX primary crew, Bassett & See, killed in plane crash1990: STS-36 Atlantis launched2007: New Horizons spacecraft flies past Jupiter en route to Pluto Wednesday 29First Quarter Moon ...

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