The final visit to Hubble

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    So around 2 pm EDT space shuttle Atlantis will launch for the last time to the Hubble Telescope. The risk is that Hubble is about 350 miles up, the space station is 200, so in the event of a problem there is no way to get to the station. Endeavour is waiting on the pad for a rescue mission in the event of a problem.

    Hubble will get a new camera with a higher res that will make it 70% more powerful then its launch. New batteries and new gyroscopes that will allow it to operate until 2014.
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/05/11/shuttle.mission.hubble/index.html
     
  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

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    They should rename Endeavour to 'Thunderbird 1' temporarily :D
     
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

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    As I said earlier, the last time I watched a shuttle launch live I was 10 years old.
     
  4. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    i freaking love NASA. but that can't be true.. the last visit to the Hubble :(
     
  5. bartelby macrumors Core

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    They are working on the replacement at the moment. And it's massive!
     
  6. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    We won't have a ship capable of making a visit so this is the last one.
     
  7. OllyW Moderator

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    I passed my motorcycle test on the day of the first shuttle launch. :eek:
     
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

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    You old git!
    :p
     
  9. OllyW Moderator

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    It was only 28 years ago! :eek:
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    27 years... For the first operational flight.
     
  11. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Gyroscopes, better camera.. Hell - even NASA can upgrade Hubble 350 miles up faster than Apple can upgrade the iPhone 3G.
    But can it do video? ;)
     
  12. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    this looks interesting! where can i find pictures taken by the hubble from past times? well either way i am very intrigued by outer space and hope to see more discoverys of the universe in teh future.
     
  13. OllyW Moderator

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    April 1981, that's 28 years ago by my calculations. :p
     
  14. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

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    That's amazing. I can't wait to see what comes out in the next few years.
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

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    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html
     
  16. yg17 macrumors G5

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    The spyshots of the Hubble 2G taken in a freight elevator seem to indicate that it can't do video :D
     
  17. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    whatever shut up! :D
     
  18. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Sadly I was unable to see the launch in person.
     
  19. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Sure! Anything for a fellow space geek. :)
     
  20. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    Only 10 launches to go, I would love to see one in person.
     
  21. bartelby macrumors Core

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    For first orbital. But I did say operational.
    Picture 1.png

    But if you want to count the 1981 flight I was 9...
    and you are still old :p
     
  22. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    They are amazing to see in person. I lived in Orlando, and drove over to see a few of them, one was a night launch. Truly incredible.
     
  23. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I loooooove space. However, I have never seen a space shuttle launch on live TV.:eek:
     
  24. Fake Hipster macrumors member

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    And it only cost billions in tax payer dollars. Amazing!
     
  25. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Let's not get this moved to the PRSI. Please.
     

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