Shuttle lands after Hubble repair missionShuttle lands at Edwards AFB after Hubble repair mission
Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew landed at 8:39<br /> a.m. PDT Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., completing the<br /> final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
The landing was delayed for two days by weather concerns which in the end prevented the crew from returning to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the primary end-of-mission landing site. In seven to 10 days, Atlantis will be transported approximately 2,500 miles from California to Florida on the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet.
Atlantis' astronauts conducted five successful spacewalks during their STS-125 light to enhance and extend the life of the Hubble orbiting observatory. Atlantis' nearly 13-day mission of almost 5.3 million miles ejuvenated Hubble with state-of-the-art science instruments designed o improve the telescope's discovery capabilities by as much as 70 imes, while extending its lifetime through at least 2014.
"This is not the end of the story but the beginning of another chapter of discovery by Hubble," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for Science at NASA Headquarters. "Hubble will be more powerful than ever, continue to surprise, enlighten, and inspire us all and pave the way for the next generation of observatories."
Scott Altman commanded the shuttle flight and was joined by Pilot Gregory C. Johnson and Mission Specialists Megan McArthur, John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino, Andrew Feustel and Michael Good. McArthur served as the flight engineer and lead for robotic arm operations, while the remaining mission specialists paired up for challenging spacewalks on Hubble.