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Hubble on the horizon
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:

ACS: Safe
Cooling System: ESM OP & NCS CPL in Standby
STIS: Safe
WFPC2: Safe

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.

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Hubble continues onSat | 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.

Hubble continues onSat | 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.

Hubble grappled and releasedFri | 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.

 More reports about this mission day
JSC Status Report #17
JSC Status Report #18
Commander Grunsfeld's Notes from Space #6
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