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

Astronauts Give Hubble Telescope One Last Hug


Atlantis astronaut John Grunsfeld rides the shuttle arm with the Earth and Hubble in view in this image from a video still from an exterior camera during a May 18, 2009 spacewalk - the last ever at Hubble.

Hubble's Last Visit To Be Relived in 3-D


IMAX 3D camera inside space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay during the STS-125 mission.

Shuttle Astronauts to Try for Sunday Landing


An STS-125 astronaut aboard shuttle Atlantis captured this still image of the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation on May 19, 2009.

Astronauts Prepare Shuttle Atlantis for Friday Landing


An STS-125 crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis captured this still image of the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft continue their relative separation on May 19, 2009.

Astronauts Conserve Power for Potential Landing Delay


The STS-125 crew is in Atlantis' flight deck while speaking with reporters about their Hubble Space Telescope fixes on May 20, 2009.

Stormy Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing


Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, the space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay, robotic arm, tail and orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods are caught in this snapshot by an STS-125 astronaut on May 20, 2009 during a Hubble Space Telescope overhaul.

Shuttle Atlantis Lands Safely After Hubble Success


Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, on May 24, 2009.

Hubble Astronauts Awed by New Images

NASA/Paul E. Alers

STS-125 crew members from left, Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Gregory Johnson, Mission Specialist Michael Good, Mission Specialist Megan McArthur, Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld, Mission Specialist Michael Massimino and Mission Specialist Andrew Feustel, are seen during a press conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, after astronomers declared the NASA's Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory with the release Wednesday of observations from four of its six operating science instruments at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

STS-125 Patch


This STS-125 crew patch shows Hubble. The overall structure and composition of the universe is shown in blue and filled with planets, stars and galaxies. The black background is indicative of the mysteries of dark-energy and dark-matter. The red border of the patch represents the red-shifted glow of the early universe. Soaring by the telescope is the shuttle that initially deployed Hubble and has enabled astronauts to continually upgrade the telescope, significantly contributing to the expansion of human knowledge.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: Staff
News and editorial team is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. Originally founded in 1999, is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists. Our current news team consists of Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik; Editor Hanneke Weitering, Senior Space Writer Mike Wall; Senior Writer Meghan Bartels; Senior Writer Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer Tereza Pultarova and Staff Writer Alexander Cox, focusing on e-commerce. Senior Producer Steve Spaleta oversees our space videos, with Diana Whitcroft as our Social Media Editor.