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Healing Hubble

A retrospective on the final Hubble Space Telescope repair mission

11:54am, May 26, 2009
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Highlights from the final Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.

5/19/2009 - Last Hubble rendezvous

During five successful space walks, astronauts repaired and rejuvenated the space telescope

A group of astronauts-cum-repairmen bid a final adieu to the Hubble Space Telescope at 8:57 a.m. EDT on May 19. Using the robotic arm on the space shuttle Atlantis (shown above), Megan McArthur lifted Hubble high above the shuttle’s cargo bay and released it. Thirty-one minutes later, Atlantis fired its thrusters to increase its separation from Hubble.

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