Atlantis Launches on a Final Mission to Hubble
Posted By Emily Lakdawalla
2009/05/11 01:49 CDT
Space shuttle Atlantis with its seven-member crew launched at 2:01 p.m. EDT Monday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.
Atlantis' 11-day mission will include five spacewalks to refurbish Hubble with state-of-the-art science instruments designed to improve the telescope's discovery capabilities by up to 70 times while extending its lifetime through at least 2014.Read updates from Ken Kremer at the launch site: