Thursday, August 16, 2007

HST Upgrade Preview

HST on STS-125 August 2008 (1)

Something made me think about the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) tonight, and I found that the final servicing mission (SM4, STS-125) has recently been rescheduled for launch on August 7, 2008, in just about a year (another launch trip maybe?). Using the excellent HST v2.0 add-on by "marg777" along with the Shuttle Fleet I set up an Orbiter scenario to take a couple of telephoto screen shots of the shuttle approaching the HST. I'm sure this is not a very accurate approach for capturing the HST, and I also used Discovery instead of the planned Atlantis - but you get the idea. To rendezvous with the HST in Orbiter and grab it with the robotic arm is a very cool thing to do in Orbiter.

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