NASA To Give Hubble New Life With Atlantis Mission Launching Today

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Image credit: NASA/Dimitri GerondidakisImage credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Image credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

On Monday, May 11, at 2:01 PM EDT, the space shuttle Atlantis will lift off for the final service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. For close to twenty years, Hubble has dazzled the world with its wonderful images and led to new scientific understandings about our universe. With this service mission, NASA will install updated equipment, including a the new Wide Field Camera 3. The camera promises to return images of the cosmos at an unprecedented level of detail. The STS-125 mission will spend 11 days in orbit as they perform the upgrade and maintenance.

You can watch the launch Monday afternoon live on NASA TV.

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