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STS-109

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This is a mission of the United States Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle program
Mission Insignia

Missing image
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Mission Statistics
Mission:STS-109
Shuttle:Columbia
Launch Pad:39-A
Launch: March 1, 2002 6:22:02 a.m. EST
Landing: KSC March 12, 2002 EST (4:32 a.m. EST / 09:32 GMT). Runway 33.
Duration:10 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes, 09 seconds.
Orbit Altitude:308 nm (570 km)
Orbit Inclination:28.5 degrees
Distance Traveled: 3.9 million miles
(6.3 Gm)
Crew photo
Previous Mission:
STS-108
Next Mission:
STS-110
Contents

Crew

Mission Parameters

Space walks

  • Grunsfeld and Linnehan - EVA 1
  • EVA 1 Start: March 4, 2002 - 06:37 UTC
  • EVA 1 End: March 4, - 13:38 UTC
  • Duration: 7 hours, 01 minute
  • Newman and Massimino - EVA 2
  • EVA 2 Start: March 5, 2002 - 06:40 UTC
  • EVA 2 End: March 5, - 13:56 UTC
  • Duration: 7 hours, 16 minutes
  • Grunsfeld and Linnehan - EVA 3
  • EVA 3 Start: March 6, 2002 - 08:28 UTC
  • EVA 3 End: March 6, - 15:16 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 48 minutes
  • Newman and Massimino - EVA 4
  • EVA 4 Start: March 7, 2002 - 09:00 UTC
  • EVA 4 End: March 7, - 16:30 UTC
  • Duration: 7 hours, 30 minutes
  • Grunsfeld and Linnehan - EVA 5
  • EVA 5 Start: March 8, 2002 - 08:46 UTC
  • EVA 5 End: March 8, - 16:06 UTC
  • Duration: 7 hours, 20 minutes

Mission Highlights

Visit and service the Hubble Space Telescope. This mission will install a new science instrument, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), new rigid Solar Arrays (SA3), new Power Control Unit (PCU) and a new Cryocooler for the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). STS-109 also reboosted HST to a higher orbit.

The STS-109 astronauts performed a total of five spacewalks in five consecutive days to service and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-109 Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Richard Linnehan conducted the mission's first, third and fifth extravehicular activities, or EVAs. Mission Specialists James Newman and Michael Massimino performed the second and fourth spacewalks.

The spacewalkers received assistance from their crewmates inside Space Shuttle Columbia. Mission Specialist Nancy Currie operated the shuttle's robot arm. Commander Scott Altman was her backup. Pilot Duane Carey and Altman documented the EVA activities with video and still images.

Accomplishments of the spacewalks included the installation of new solar arrays, a new camera, a new Power Control Unit, a Reaction Wheel Assembly and an experimental cooling system for the NICMOS unit. STS-109 accumulated a total of 35 hours, 55 minutes of EVA time. Through STS-109, a total of 18 spacewalks have been conducted during the four shuttle missions to service Hubble for a total of 129 hours, 10 minutes by 14 different astronauts.

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