Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shuttle Atlantis will grab Hubble today

The Shuttle Atlantis will grab the space telescope Hubble today at about 11:53 AM EST.
Commander Scott Altman and his co-pilot fired the engines Wednesday morning and steered Atlantis up into Hubble's orbit. Early in the afternoon, robot arm operator Megan McArthur will use the 50-foot boom to grab the school bus-sized observatory and anchor it in Atlantis' payload bay.

The capture is expected to occur over the Indian Ocean, just northeast of Madagascar.

Hubble scientists and managers warn that Hubble may look a little ragged; it hasn't had a tuneup for seven years.

Can't wait to see the old Bird. Good Luck Atlantis in capturing Hubble.

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