STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis Begins Day 3 Hubble Repairs
After seven long years, the Hubble telescope is finally getting some much-needed repairs.
Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis for the STS-125 mission were nearing the telescope late Wednesday and hoped to begin the first of five spacewalks on Thursday.
NASA engineers on the ground are checking the thermal protection system and exterior tiles of the Atlantis after seeing some minor damage. After inspecting the telescope and reviewing procedures, the astronauts will inspect the tools needed and hopefully start the first spacewalk on Thursday.
The crew planned to grab, or capture, the telescope using the shuttle's robotic arm this afternoon and link it to the shuttle using the Flight Support System so they can begin a series of five six- to seven-hour spacewalks to service the Hubble. The first spacewalk is planned for Thursday.