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Post Mission

Due to the Edwards landing, the shuttle must be prepared for its return flight on board one of two modified 747, referred to as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), to return to Kennedy Space Center. + Read a Fact Sheet on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

To follow the Shuttle Ferry Flight, check out the Shuttle Ferry Flight Blog.
The flight is also tracked on

Landing - Sunday May 24, 2009, 11:39 a.m. EDT at Edwards Air Force Base in California

The STS-125 landing attempts at Kennedy Space Center on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 were waved off due to incliment weather. + Read More

Check out this article on Shuttle landings at Kennedy. + Read More

In Space

In Space multimedia for the duration of the entire mission, by day.

Flight Day 1 (May 11) - Activities following launch
Flight Day 2 (May 12) - Thermal shield inspection, Rendezvous maneuvers
      ( + Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 3 (May 13) - Rendezvous, grapple, berthing and survey Hubble
      (+ Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 4 (May 14) - EVA 1    (+ Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 5 (May 15) - EVA 2    (+ Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 6 (May 16) - EVA 3    (+ Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 7 (May 17) - EVA 4    (+ Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 8 (May 18) - EVA 5    (+ Read STOCC Update)
Flight Day 9 (May 19) - Grapple and release of Hubble, shuttle inspection with OBSS and OBSS berth
Flight Day 10 (May 20) - Crew Day Off
Flight Day 11 (May 21) - Flight and Reaction Control System checkout, Cabin Stowage
Flight Day 12 (May 22) - Activities surrounding landing

Launch - Monday, May 11, 2009, 2:01p.m. EDT
Mon, 11 May 2009 03:46:45 PM EDT
After a smooth countdown and picture-perfect liftoff, space shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts are in space, beginning 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 today at 2:01 p.m. EDT.

Pre-Launch Mission Overview Briefing Materials

Briefing will be held from Friday, May 1 through Launch day. All briefings are held inside the Kennedy News Center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television unless otherwise noted. + Link to Press Release

STS-125 Preflight Briefing Materials: Mission Overview Briefing Graphics (04.23.2009)

Goddard Briefing
KSC Briefing, Tony Ceccacci, STS-125 Lead Space Shuttle Flight Director
KSC Briefing, Tomas Gonzales-Torres, STS-125 Lead Spacewalk Officer

Overview Briefing Materials from September 2008
Animations from September 2008

Pre-Mission Resources

Following the Columbia tragedy in February 2003, the space shuttle program was suspended and in 2004, the next planned mission to Hubble was cancelled. On October 31, 2006 new NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced the resurrection of the SM4 mission. + Read about changes implemented to enable return of shuttle flights

The SM4 mission will feature the installation of two new cutting-edge science instruments to enhance Hubble's capabilities by large factors, the refurbishment of Hubble's subsystems and extension of operating life to at least 2014. Astronauts will also attempt the first ever on-orbit repair of two existing instruments - the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Cameras for Surveys. + Read More