At the launch viewing site, I had the incredible honor of meeting astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave, who did the
space walks to repair HST on its first servicing mission in 1993. Here, I interviewed him for Jan Poets (on the left)
for the report on the launch.
The kids met him too.
It was really cold at the launch site. It could have been even colder for us as the
launch was postponed one day due to even colder weather the day before.
The launch of Columbia (STS-109) was beautiful because the morning turned to day briefly, and the sunlight only hit part of the trail.
This caused that part of it to be brightly lit. Just before launch, we could see HST come over the horizon like a bright
star. This made the flight to HST much more tangible. Click here for a huge version. Bottom image shot by A. Barrett (KSC).
This is part of Building 9 at JSC. In the background is the ground based version of
the SSRMS, space station's robot arm. You can also see a version of the Orbiter Cargo Bay and
a mock hab module in the background. This is used for training.
RMS operators such as Nancy Currie spend hours on this trainer to learn how the
robot arm works. You can see the arm as the white horizontal beam on the port side
of the Orbiter sill.
There are several mock-ups of the Orbiter, some with only the front section. Astronauts take courses to familiarize themselves
with the various parts. They don't see the real Orbiter except for visits when they go to KSC.
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