STS-125 Coming Home
Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere, space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay, Canadian-built remote manipulator system robotic arm, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods are featured in this image photographed by the STS-125 crew on flight day 10.
The STS-125 crew aboard space shuttle Atlantis captured this still image of the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation on May 19, 2009, after having been linked together for nearly a week. During the week, five spacewalks were performed to complete the final servicing mission to the telescope.
Image Credit: NASA
STS-125 MISSION HIGHLIGHTS
Highlights of the crew of space shuttle Atlantis as they conduct the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope over 13 days and approximately 5.3 million miles. Atlantis’ astronauts conducted five successful spacewalks during their STS-125 flight to enhance and extend the life of the orbiting observatory.