Photos: NASA's Last Mission to the Hubble Space Telescope

Fixing Hubble: Space Mechanics Set for Last Service Call

NASA/Cory Huston

The STS-125 crew gets ready to attach their mission logo to the entrance into space shuttle Atlantis. Clockwise from left front are: Pilot Gregory C. Johnson, mission specialists Michael Good and Megan McArthur, commander Scott Altman, and mission specialists Mike Massimino and John Grunsfeld.

Space Shuttle Cleared for Monday Launch to Hubble

NASA/Kim Shiflett.

Lights covering the fixed service structure on Launch Pad 39A cast their glow over space shuttle Atlantis poised for May 2009 launch toward the Hubble Space Telescope on the STS-125 mission.

Launch Today: Shuttle Atlantis to Fix Hubble Telescope

NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

The shuttle Atlantis stands poised for a May 11, 2009 launch toward the Hubble Space Telescope on STS-125. At left in the background is shuttle Endeavour atop a second launch pad primed for a rescue mission.

Space Shuttle Launches to Save Hubble Telescope

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off May 11 carrying seven astronauts bound for the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis' STS-125 mission is the last planned manned visit to the orbiting observatory.

Shuttle's Heat Shield Dings Appear to be Minor, NASA Says


This view from a camera on the external tank for shuttle Atlantis shows a piece of debris just before it appears to strike the orbiter's starboard side during its May 11, 2009 launch toward the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA believes the damage is minor.

Scientists Hail Hubble-bound Shuttle

NASA/Fletcher Hildreth

Under a dry, hot, cloud-washed Florida sky, space shuttle Atlantis roars off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with its crew of seven for a rendezvous with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble-Bound Astronauts Inspect Shuttle for Damage


The belly of the shuttle Atlantis will get an up-close look during May 12, 2009 inspections during the STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronauts Take Time Off After Fixing Hubble


Astronauts Megan McArthur, Mike Massimino (center) and Andrew Feustel, all STS-125 mission specialists, prepare to eat a meal on the middeck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 12, 2009 during while en route to the Hubble Space Telescope.

STS-125 Mission Updates: Part 2


An STS-125 crewmember onboard the space shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft approached each other in Earth orbit prior to the capture of the giant observatory on May 13, 2009.

STS-125 Mission Updates: Part 1


An STS-125 crewmember onboard the space shuttle Atlantis snapped a still photo of the Hubble Space Telescope following grapple of the giant observatory by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system on May 13, 2009 during NASA's last mission to the telescope.

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