Farewell, Hubble

Tethered to the end of the remote manipulator system arm, which was controlled from inside Atlantis\' crew cabin, STS-125 astronaut Andrew Feustel navigates near the Hubble Space Telescope, duing the mission\'s third spacewalk on May 16, 2009. Astronaut John Grunsfeld signals to his crewmate from just a few feet away. Astronauts Feustel and Grunsfeld were continuing servicing work on the giant observatory, which was locked down in the cargo bay of shuttle Atlantis.

Tethered to the end of the remote manipulator system arm, which was controlled from inside Atlantis' crew cabin, STS-125 astronaut Andrew Feustel navigates near the Hubble Space Telescope, duing the mission's third spacewalk on May 16, 2009. Astronaut John Grunsfeld signals to his crewmate from just a few feet away. Astronauts Feustel and Grunsfeld were continuing servicing work on the giant observatory, which was locked down in the cargo bay of shuttle Atlantis.

The shuttle has left the Space Telescope. There will probably be one more mission to the Hubble, an unmanned mission to de-orbit the satellite safely. One of the tasks on this mission was to install a docking collar for that sad eventuality.

In the meantime, we’re going to be treated to years of breathtaking views.

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  1. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could justify a mission to retrieve the Hubble so they could put it in the Smithsonian?

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