Feeds

Hubble packing shiny new camera

Servicing mission proceeds apace

A new approach to endpoint data protection

The Hubble Space Telescope now boasts a shiny new Wide Field Camera 3 following a seven-hour, 20-minute spacewalk by STS-125 mission specialists John Grunsfeld (in pic, below) and Drew Feustel.

Andrew Feustel during the first Hubble spacewalkDuring the excursion, which ended at 20:12 GMT, the pair also replaced the bothersome Science Instrument Command and Data Handling Unit (SIC&DH), "installed a soft capture mechanism, which will allow future vehicles to attach to the telescope" and finally fitted "a combination of locks and latches that will allow for faster opening and closing of the telescope doors during the third spacewalk".

The replaced Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 is now destined for the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, NASA says, although the fate of the defunct SIC&DH is not noted.

The second servicing spacewalk, featuring Mike Good and Mike Massimino, is scheduled for 12:16 GMT today. The mission specialists are tasked with replacing three "rate sensor units" which form part of the rate gyro assembly and which "sense vehicle motion and provide rate data for the telescope". They'll also start work replacing Hubble's batteries. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?