Diary of Hubble Grapple today

Jones, Jane H jane.h.jones at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed May 13 10:58:31 PDT 2009

I've been following Twitter and NASA TV at work watching the historic
"Grapple" of Hubble by shuttle STS-125, Atlantis this morning.  It was very
exciting and so I  thought I'd share it with you all.

For those of you not near your TV, computer, or  don't follow NASA on
Twitter, here is a little diary of the past hour and a half.

Fr NASA  9:10 a.m. Pacific: To watch the shuttle capture Hubble at 12:56pm
ET and for the first views of the telescope in 7 years, go to:

Fr NASA 9:10 a.m. Shuttle Atlantis performed a small mid-course correction
burn during approach to Hubble. Grapple is set to occur at about 12:54pm ET.

Fr NASA 9:10 a.m. Pacific Atlantis is now closing in at 1.2 feet/sec and is
just under 700 feet from Hubble.

Fr Spaceflight Now 9:30 a.m.: Atlantis is now 300 feet directly below
Hubble. http://tinyurl.com/o3urko

Fr NASA 9:30 a.m.The Hubble team at Hubble's control center is doing
commanding sequences to prepare it for Atlantis, which is about 250 ft
beneath Hubble.

NASA abt 9:30 a.m. Less than 24 minutes to grapple! Watch with Mission
Control as Atlantis lines up w/Hubble: www.nasa.gov/ntv DishNet Ch. 123
DirecTV Ch. 283

Fr NASA 9:40 a.m. To watch the shuttle capture Hubble at 12:56pm ET and for
the first views of the telescope in 7 years, go to: www.nasa.gov/ntv

Fr NASA 10:05 a.m. Atlantis now closes the final 100 feet, moving at a speed
of only a tenth of a ft/sec. The estimated time of grapple is 1:05pm ET.

Fr Spaceflightnow 10:09 a.m. Hubble coming into view of the camera mounted
at the end of the shuttle's robot arm as the shuttle inches closer.

Fr SpaceflightNow 10:14 a.m. The shuttle's robot arm is now reaching out to
grab the telescope.

Fr NASA 10:15 a.m. The Hubble Space Telescope has been captured by space
shuttle Atlantis' robotic arm. It now will be moved into the shuttle's cargo

Fr alexismadrigal(Wired Science) 10:15 a.m. Hubble is the hottest tin can of
all time. http://twitpic.com/53ouw Look at her all lit up.

Spaceflightnow 10:45 a.m.Communications regained with Hubble. Everything
looks good for berthing the telescope in the cargo bay.

Scifri (Science Friday) at 10:47 a.m. Atlantis crew has been given a 'go' to
start work on pulling Hubble into its berth in the shuttle bay.

PeterKingCBS 10:50 a.m. Atlantis astronaut Megan McArthur operating robot
arm to bring Hubble into shuttle's cargo bay for its makeover.

Gyeehill (JPL friend) at 10:50 a.m. Atlantis can see the Baja peninsula and
soon Southern Cal.  (((( waving ))))) Hi! Astro_Mike !!!!!!!

Watch NASA TV on your computer:

Watch NASA TV www.nasa.gov/ntv,  DishNet Ch. 213,   DirecTV Ch. 283

Now I'll return you to your regular programming.  Hope you enjoy this
play-by-play.  :-)  Jane

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jhjones

Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA  91109  818-393-6435
jane.h.jones at jpl.nasa.gov
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