Space Telescope Servicing|
5:22 a.m. CST
3:31 a.m. CST
9, 2002 |
4:04 a.m. CST
12, 2002 |
3:32 a.m. CST
Shuttle Columbia lands at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
at 3:32 a.m. CST (0932 GMT) March 12, 2002, to wrap
up STS-109, the fourth Hubble Telescope Servicing Mission.
here to see STS-109 Flight Day 9 images in the Gallery.
Lands in Florida to End Hubble Servicing Mission
STS-109 came to an end when Commander Scott Altman and Pilot
Duane Carey brought Space Shuttle Columbia in for a landing
at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 3:32 a.m. CST (0932 GMT)
crew - Altman, Carey and Mission Specialists Nancy Currie,
John Grunsfeld, Rick Linnehan, Mike Massimino and Jim Newman -- successfully completed the mission's objectives of servicing
the Hubble Space Telescope. The upgrades and servicing by
the crew leaves Hubble with a new power unit, a new camera
and new solar arrays. This was the fourth shuttle mission
dedicated to servicing Hubble. The next is scheduled for 2004.
spent a total of 10 days, 22 hours and 10 minutes in space.
This was Columbia's 27th flight and its first since 1999 after
the landing groundtracks.
interactive view of STS-109, click
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out Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld's Notes from Space.
STS-109 Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld offers a hearty thumbs-up
to his crewmates near the end of the first spacewalk.
Conducts Five Spacewalks
The STS-109 astronauts performed a total of five spacewalks
in five consecutive days to service and upgrade the Hubble
Space Telescope. STS-109 Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Richard Linnehan conducted the mission's first, third
and fifth extravehicular activities, or EVAs. Mission Specialists
James Newman and Michael Massimino performed the second and
spacewalkers received assistance from their crewmates inside
Space Shuttle Columbia. Mission Specialist Nancy Currie operated
the shuttle's robot arm. Commander Scott Altman was her backup.
Pilot Duane Carey and Altman documented the EVA activities
with video and still images.
of the spacewalks included the installation of new solar arrays,
a new camera, a new Power Control Unit, a Reaction Wheel Assembly
and an experimental cooling system for Hubble. STS-109 accumulated
a total of 35 hours, 55 minutes of EVA time. Through STS-109,
a total of 18 spacewalks have been conducted during the four
shuttle missions to service Hubble for a total of 129 hours,
10 minutes by 14 different astronauts.