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SPACE WALLPAPER: Atlantis STS-125 Launch

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STS-125 Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on NASA’s final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

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Atlantis Coming Home

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Ground crews begin towing Space Shuttle Atlantis from the main runway at Edwards Air Force Base following its landing May 24, 2009, which concluded the STS-125 mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.


Welcome Home, Atlantis

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Atlantis and the crew of the STS-125 mission landed safely in California at Edwards Air Force Base after completing the Hubble Servicing Mission on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The almost 5.3-million-mile mission included five spacewalks to repair and upgrade the world-famous observatory.

Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas


Atlantis STS-125 Landing Replays

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew landed at 11:39 a.m. EDT Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis’ astronauts conducted five successful spacewalks during their STS-125 flight to enhance and extend the life of the orbiting observatory.


Atlantis STS-125 Landing Times

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Main Gear Touchdown
11:39:05 a.m. EDT
MET: 12 days, 21 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds

Nose Gear Touchdown
11:39:15 a.m. EDT
MET: 12 days, 21 hours, 37 minutes, 19 seconds

Wheels Stop
11:40:15 a.m. EDT
MET: 12 days, 21 hours, 38 minutes, 19 seconds


Space Shuttle Atlantis Landing Delayed by Weather

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Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew will stay in space another day after bad weather prevented them from landing Saturday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Flight Director Norm Knight and the entry team will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting the shuttle to land. If the weather is not acceptable for a return to Kennedy, the team will look to land at the secondary landing site, Edwards Air Force Base in California. White Sands Space Harbor is not expected to be activated tomorrow.

Sunday Landing Opportunities (All Times Eastern)
10:11 a.m. Orbit 196 landing at Kennedy (deorbit burn at 8:58 a.m.)
11:40 a.m. Orbit 197 landing at Edwards (deorbit burn at 10:25 a.m.)
11:49 a.m. Orbit 197 landing at Kennedy (deorbit burn at 10:31 a.m.)
1:19 p.m. Orbit 198 landing at Edwards (deorbit burn at 12:08 p.m.)


President Barack Obama calls the crew of Atlantis

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President Barack Obama talks on the telephone to the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-125) from the Oval Office, Wednesday, May 20, 2009.  STS-125 is the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Listen to the audio of the call (mp3)

Official White House photo by Pete Souza.


Shuttle Atlantis Silhouette During Solar Transit

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In this cropped image, Space Shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit infront of the sun, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was taken before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.


HD STS-125 Launch: The Final Mission to Hubble

After a smooth countdown and picture-perfect liftoff, space shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts are in space, ready to begin their 11-day mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis lifted off Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:01 p.m. EDT.


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