Atlantis on the ground in California

I awoke suddenly this morning around 8:30 or so. Later I learned that Space Shuttle Atlantis landed in California. Did we hear the sonic boom? Well, no. But the signature boom-boom happened right around the time I woke up, so maybe I slept through it and wakened immediately afterwards.

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This was a very special mission — to fix the Hubble telescope. Which has given us amazing views of the world beyond. When the talk was about not having a Hubble mission — back when — I was upset. Look, in terms of real science, Hubble wins over the space station hands down. No question. One provides real science. One is an international relations feel-good boondoggle.

APOD from a few days ago, during one of the spacewalks:

Above Earth, Fixing Hubble Credit: STS-125 Crew, NASA

Above Earth, Fixing Hubble Credit: STS-125 Crew, NASA

Fixing the Hubble, so it can get more pictures like this:

Planetary Nebula K 4-55

Planetary Nebula K 4-55

Welcome back, STS-125 crew! And congratulations for a job very well done!

One response to “Atlantis on the ground in California”

  1. Hal

    Yes indeed, well done all around. Especially for those procedures behind the areas labeled ‘no user serviceable parts beyond this panel.’