In the Monday, May 11, 2009 with the launch site at Cape Canaveral (Florida) launched the space shuttle Atlantis (Atlantis) with seven crew members on board. This is the last mission, aimed at repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, which is done by engineers from NASA Space Center Kennedy (NASA’s Kennedy Space Center).
The 11-day Atlantis flight plan includes five spacewalks to repair the Hubble using ultra modern scientific tools developed specifically to repair and upgrade the telescope, extending its life for at least until 2014.
The crew includes: Commander Scott Altman (Scott Altman), pilot Gregory Johnson (Gregory C. Johnson) and mission specialists Megan McArthur (Megan McArthur), John Grunsfeld (John Grunsfeld), Mike Massimino (Mike Massimino), Andrew Foystel (Andrew Feustel) and Michael Good (Michael Good). Flight Engineer McArthur will control the robotic arm, while the other experts will be divided into pairs for access to space after the Hubble snaps into the cargo bay of Atlantis.
According to Ed Weiler (Ed Weiler) of the Mission Control Center, NASA, Hubble is famous for the large number of scientific discoveries and stunning photographs of the cosmos. If the service mission is successful, it will have for many years to provide scientists amazing images and new discoveries.
Among Hubble’s greatest discoveries include: the age of the universe (13.7 billion years), finding that virtually all major galaxies have black holes at their centers, the opening of the process of planetary formation is relatively common features in all corners of the universe, the very first detection of an organic molecules in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star; evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, due to an unknown force.
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