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Monday, May 11, 2009

Live Coverage of STS-125 Liftoff

**update** STS-125 launched successfully and I have replaced the live player with footage of the launch. I will be posting morning updates and live players when EVAs are taking place during the course of this mission.

This live streaming coverage is provided by Ustream and SpaceVidCast and will remain until sometime this afternoon.

Mission to Service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Veteran astronaut Scott Altman will command the final space shuttle mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson will serve as pilot. Mission specialists rounding out the crew are: veteran spacewalkers John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino, and first-time space fliers Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and Megan McArthur. During the 11-day mission's five spacewalks, astronauts will install two new instruments, repair two inactive ones and perform the component replacements that will keep the telescope functioning into at least 2014. In addition to the originally scheduled work, Atlantis also will carry a replacement Science Instrument Command and Data Handling Unit for Hubble. Astronauts will install the unit on the telescope, removing the one that stopped working on Sept. 27, 2008, delaying the servicing mission until the replacement was ready.

Source: STS-125 page

I also have a alternative coverage from SpaceFlightNow on my photoblog.