material for Flight Day 9 -
Goddard Space Flight Center
The Hubble Space Telescope Project
Hubble Status Report
Fri | Mar. 8, 2002 - 4:00 pm EST
The Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) has
completed over eleven hours of commanding following the release
of the Hubble Space Telescope from the Space Shuttle Columbia.
All systems are nominal.
The Pointing Control System Subsystem Engineer, Sensor and
Calibration Engineer and Flight Controllers report HST attitude
accuracy at better than 30 arc seconds per axis. Gyro bias
drift is less than 20 arc seconds per hour. The Ephemeris
calculations are in progress, with a load to follow.
The Electrical Power Subsystem Engineers and Flight Controllers
continue to monitor the excellent performance of the new solar
arrays and PCU.
The Instrumentation and Communication Subsystem Engineer reports
nominal TDRSS scheduled support via low gain antennas.
The Safing Subsystem engineer continues to monitor and reconfigure
the nominal safing tests.
The Science Instrument Subsystem Engineers, ACS developers,
and Flight Controllers report the following status:
Cooling System: ESM OP & NCS CPL in Standby
The Space Telescope Science Institute is preparing a Health
and Safety load. Delivery is expected around midnight for
review by the SEs. The Health and Safety Science Mission Specification
(SMS) will kick off around 10 a.m. Sunday. The recovery of
the science instruments starts at 12:00 a.m. Monday.
The HST SYSTEMS console is leading the recovery to normal
operations. Flight Controllers remain at the STOCC at Goddard
until Monday morning.
On behalf of the HST Operations Team, our thanks to the Crew
of STS-109, and all the members of the excellent teams at
JSC and KSC.
Johnson Space Center
Space News :: Latest Items
| Mar. 9, 2002 - 9:10 pm EST
A newly rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope is flying solo
once again, after its release at 4:04 a.m. central time today.
On board Columbia, the STS-109 crew bid a farewell to the
telescope as spacewalker John Grunsfeld said W\we have a beautiful
view of Mr. Hubble, the telescope, over the Earth's horizon,
ready to go and make new discoveries. From the crew of STS-109,
we bid Hubble well on its new journey, with its new tools,
to explore the universe. Good luck, Mr. Hubble.
The crew is scheduled to go to sleep just before noon central
time, waking just before 9 p.m.
Reporting from the Johnson Space Center at 8:10 a.m. central
time, March 9, 2002.
| Mar. 9, 2002 - 5:04 pm EST
Hubble's has been released! At 5:04 a.m. EST, Columbia released
Hubble into orbit to resume its science mission.
After separating from the telescope, Columbia's crew will
take a break from duties at 7:03 a.m. CST to participate in
interviews by the NBC Weekend Today Show, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis,
Minn., and CNN.
| Mar. 8, 2002 - 10:28 pm EST
Columbia's crew will awaken for a ninth day in flight at 9:52
p.m. CST. The focus of activities will be a farewell to a
rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope, to be released from Columbia
at 4:04 a.m. CST (1004 GMT) Saturday.
The STS-109 crew is preparing to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope
and begin its trip home. Mission Specialist Nancy Currie will
grapple Hubble with Space Shuttle Columbia's robot arm and
lift it above the payload bay. After flight controllers at
the Space Telescope Operations Center in Greenbelt, Md., prepare
Hubble for free flight, the shuttle crew will deploy it.
After deploying Hubble, Commander Scott Altman and Pilot Duane
Carey will fire Columbia's engines during two maneuvers to
separate from Hubble and begin the trip home. STS-109 is slated
to land Tuesday morning at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
reports about this mission day