Thursday, April 23, 2009

Watch Live: NASA Previews Hubble Mission

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NASA officials and Atlantis astronauts today are set to brief reporters on the fifth and final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, which is targeted for launch May 12 from Kennedy Space Center.

You can watch the briefings live here on The Flame Trench starting at 9 a.m. EDT. Click the image above to launch a NASA TV viewer.

Here's the line-up:

9 a.m. Shuttle Program overview briefing from Johnson. Panelists
-- LeRoy Cain, deputy manager, Space Shuttle Program
-- Tony Ceccacci, lead flight director, STS-125
-- Tomas Gonzales-Torres, lead spacewalk officer, STS-125

10:30 a.m. Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission program and science overview from NASA Headquarters. Panelists are:
-- Ed Weiler, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate,
NASA Headquarters
-- David Leckrone, Hubble project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space
Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
-- Preston Burch, Hubble project manager, Goddard
-- Mike Kienlen, deputy project manager, Hubble Space Telescope,

2 p.m. STS-125 crew news conference from NASA's Johnson Space
Center. The crew is led by mission commander Scott "Scooter" Altman. He is joined by pilot Gregory Johnson and mission specialists Andrew Feustel, Michael Good, John Grunsfeld, Megan McArthur and Mike Massimino.

The 11-day mission includes five spacewalks on consecutive days.

We'll post updates from the briefings as soon as possible throughout the day.

Here's a NASA press kit with more information on the mission.

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