Posted By RichC on May 11, 2009
The shuttle Shuttle Atlantis sits on launch pad 39A (photo right) as the crew of STS-125 rests for an ambitious mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope this week. The launch is scheduled for 2:00PM EST Monday afternoon and will be manned by retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson, pilot, mission specialists and veteran spacewalkers John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino along with Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and Megan McArthur. The 11-day mission will include five scheduled spacewalks to install two new instruments and repair two inactive ones. The plan is to keep the Hubble Space Telescope active until 2014.
Along with the actual tasks to be accomplished, a less critical but still interesting part of the mission, will that Mike Massimino (aka: Twitter @Astro_Mike) who intends to ‘tweet’ from space. I might be interesting to follow him?
STS-125 Additional Resources
› Mission Summary (407KB PDF)
› Press Kit (4.8MB PDF)
› Meet the Crew
› Learn About the Mission