It seems the space shuttle is blasting off tomorrow on the most dangerous mission ever, to fix the Hubble Telescope, it could leave the shuttle
stranded in space, if anything goes wrong. NASA will have a second shuttle crew standing by in case of their needing to save the other astronauts.
I didn't even know a shuttle lift off was scheduled until I read this news article.
It seems this is an emergency problem that NASA has been delaying fixing, but now they can no longer delay the mission.
I wonder what is wrong with the Hubble in the first place, they have not specified exactly what the problem is.
link to article: www.dailymail.co.uk...
Nasa is set to dispatch seven astronauts on its most dangerous ever shuttle mission as it attempts to rescue the $7 billion Hubble Space Telescope
Led by former US Navy fighter pilot Scott Altman, 49, a one-time stunt flier for actor Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun, the crew of Atlantis will
repair and upgrade the orbiting observatory, risking a potentially deadly space-junk collision that could leave them stranded 350 miles above
The mission, which is costing Nasa $1.4 billion and is due to blast off from Florida tomorrow, is considered so perilous that it was once
cancelled by space agency chiefs who feared that it could cost the astronauts their lives.
It was resurrected only after they agreed to place a second shuttle and crew on emergency standby, ready to blast into space to save their
colleagues should a catastrophe occur. The move is unprecedented in the 28-year history of the shuttle fleet.
'It’s a belt-and-suspenders kind of approach - but when your suspenders fail, you’re glad to have the belt,' said Cdr Altman, who is due to
launch with his crew from Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral tomorrow evening, returning in 11 days
Has anyone else heard about this beforehand? This seems like an awfully rushed mission. I had not seen anything about this on the internet anywhere
Should a rescue become necessary, it would provide the greatest space drama since the abortive Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, say Nasa insiders,
when three astronauts limped their crippled spacecraft home just hours from death, following an on-board explosion.
Among the greatest hazards facing Atlantis is the intense amount of space junk - such as broken satellites and dead rockets - that is cluttering the
area where the shuttle will rendezvous with Hubble.
Shuttle flights usually only go to the International Space Station no more than 250 miles up - but at 350 miles, where Hubble flies, the hazards are
If Atlantis suffers damage, the crew would be marooned.
Hubble is considered the most valuable astronomical tool since Galileo first designed a telescope in the 17th century.
Of course since this IS a conspiracy site - I just feel something seems a little off here, because they are risking lives for a space telescope, why
'I would consider this the climbing Mount Everest of spacewalking missions,' said Mr Grunsfeld, 51.
'The big unknowns are where we’re pushing the envelope further than its been done before in spaceflight…we’re trying some techniques that
haven’t been done before.
There have been previous servicing missions to the Hubble, but this will be the last – and the most risky.
'You could say "Oh it’s going to be a piece of cake, we’ve done this five times" - except on this mission we are going to be repairing
instruments that were never designed to be repaired in orbit,' explained Ed Weiler, Nasa’s associate administrator for science missions.
Does anyone else find this odd - a quick rushed space mission to the telescope - risking the astronauts lives with another space shuttle on standby?
Besides that - the cost of it seems outrageous in these days and times - why spend all that money on this mission - what is so important?
Do they have to do this, because they are wanting and having problems watching something "big" out in space that seems to be orbiting around the
Edit - added the below information from a post of mine on 2nd page - thought better in OP
I will be watching the NASA t.v station here -www.nasa.gov...
to watch the action.
I will say right now - my thoughts and prayers are with this crew - I do not want any drama regarding the shuttle mission - the only drama I hope will
be their success and nail biting successful moments of accomplishing their mission!!
Here is all kinds of information on it:
Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters improved on the forecast, now giving the team a 90-percent chance to launch Atlantis at 2:01 p.m. EDT
tomorrow without weather interfering.
Also this morning, STS-125 Commander Scott Altman and Pilot Gregory C. Johnson once again practiced landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft as the
entire crew readies for their mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Live countdown and launch coverage begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. on NASA TV and on the Web at
At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-125 crew poses for a group portrait. From left are Mission
Specialists Megan McArthur and Michael Good, Pilot Gregory C. Johnson, Commander Scott Altman, and Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino
and Andrew Feustel. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossman
[edit on 10-5-2009 by questioningall]