'Infinite Worlds': NASA's Last Hubble Telescope Mission in Photos by Michael Soluri

T – 5 hours

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Astronaut K. Megan McArthur in the suit-up room about four hours from launch. Megan wrote “Any Thing Can Happen” for Infinite Worlds.

Family Portrait

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Portrait of the Space Shuttle / Hubble SM4 Crew of STS125 Atlantis photographed on location at NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center, Houston, TX.

Atlantis Is Go for Launch

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The launch of STS125 Atlantis on the last human and robotic service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.


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Michael Massimino exits the air lock in the cargo bay of Atlantis.

Embarking on a Space Walk

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In Mission Control, EVA & Crew Systems Manager Mark Jarosz takes a snapshot of John Grunsfeld emerging from airlock.

A Modern Tool in a Foreign Landscape

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Hubble’s final servicing mission required 180 specialized tools, which range from tether hooks to major power tools. The Indexing Card Extraction Tool (ICET) was used by John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel during EVA day three to extract damaged circuit boards inside Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Tools Laid Bare

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Soluri was able to photograph these tools within the clean room. He laid each one on a white background so that the tool would look as though it was in free fall. The Mini Power Drill Tool (above) was used by spacewalkers on EVA days three and four.

360 Miles Above the Earth

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The first spacewalk took place five days into the mission.

Those Below Wait Patiently

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The first spacewalk was a success but not without some trouble. The bolt that held the old camera inside Hubble was stuck, and astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel struggled to remove it. In Mission Control, Flight Director Tony Ceccacci reacts to the stuck bolt.

A Self-Portrait in Space

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Self Portrait by John Grunsfeld reflected off the surface of Hubble.

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Shannon Hall

Shannon Hall is an award-winning freelance science journalist, who specializes in writing about astronomy, geology and the environment. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, Nature, Quanta and elsewhere. A constant nomad, she has lived in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, slept under the stars in the Sahara and reported several stories aboard an icebreaker near the North Pole.