Postcards from Atlantis' Historic Hubble Mission

1 of 13

Postcards from Atlantis' Historic Hubble Mission

2 of 13

May 11, 2009

The launch of Atlantis from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is viewed from behind Launch Pad 39B, where the space shuttle Endeavour stands ready for rescue duty.

3 of 13

May 12, 2009

Among the first group of still images downlinked from Atlantis was this high oblique scene looking toward the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea.

4 of 13

May 13, 2009

An STS-125 crew member snapped this photo of the Hubble Space Telescope after the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator arm grappled the giant observatory.

5 of 13

May 14, 2009

Astronaut Andrew Feustel, perched alone on the end of Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm, participates in the first of five spacewalks to perform work on the Hubble.

6 of 13

May 15, 2009

Astronaut Michael Good is photographed from an aft flight deck window on Atlantis during the mission's second session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues to refurbish and upgrade the Hubble.

7 of 13

May 16, 2009

Astronaut John Grunsfeld participates in the mission's third EVA session as work continues. Grunsfeld and Feustel (out of frame) spent more than six hours on the spacewalk.

8 of 13

May 17, 2009

With a mostly dark home planet behind him, Good rides the remote manipulator system arm to the exact position he needs to work on the Hubble on the mission's fourth spacewalk.

9 of 13

May 18, 2009

Grunsfeld is positioned on a foot restraint on the end of Atlantis' remote manipulator system and Feustel (bottom center) participate in the mission's fifth and final spacewalk session on Flight Day 8.

10 of 13

May 19, 2009

A crew member aboard the Atlantis captured this still image of the Hubble as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation after having been linked together for the better part of a week.

11 of 13

May 20, 2009

Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, Atlantis' payload bay, remote manipulator system robotic arm, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods on flight day 10.

12 of 13

May 21, 2009

Pilot Gregory C. Johnson uses the Portable In-Flight Landing Operations Trainer on the flight deck. PILOT consists of a laptop and a joystick system, which helps to maintain proficiency for the end-of-mission approach and landing tasks.

13 of 13

May 24, 2009

After a two-day delay due to bad weather in Florida, Atlantis landed safely at California's Edwards Air Force Base. The almost 5.3-million-mile mission included five spacewalks to repair and upgrade the world-famous observatory.