HST is now docked to the Atlantis shuttle

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I am watching on my iPhone NASA TV showing the Hubble Space Telescope being docked to the Atlantis shuttle. We are clearly living in the future, don’t you think?

Thanks to my colleague Marshall Perrin from UCLA for telling me about TVUPlayer, a useful tool to watch NASA TV on my phone. :-)

I am attaching a few captured screen pictures in case you could not watch that. I must confess that I missed the part when the observatory was attached to Atlantis since I still have to read these ESO proposals :-)

enjoy

F.

In this sequence of three images you can see the slow motion of the arm bringing the Hubble Space Telescope nearby the dock of Atlantis.

HST and Earth in the background. The robotic arm is visible on the right.

The Hubble Space Telescope at 600 km above Earth. The robotic arm is visible on the right.

HST 600 km above Baja California

HST 600 km above Baja California

The docking was successful.

The dock as seen when Atlantis is in the night side.

Inside space command, while waiting for communication with the shuttle to be recovered (The cluster Atlantis-HST was above the Indian Ocean at this time)

Inside Johnson space center, while waiting for communication with the shuttle to be recovered (The cluster Atlantis-HST was above the Indian Ocean at this time)

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is be capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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