Post Mission - O's game with the astronaut crew
After their return from
attended a Baltimore Orioles game with the crew of STS-125.
was against the Seattle Mariners in June 2009.
This is with Scott Altman, the commander of the mission.
the images of this fun event.
Pictures by my coworker Mark Faber on another
First light and first observations
Weeks after launch, on June 10, 2009, we gathered to oversee the
the detectors using our Thermo-Electric Coolers. This is the
WFC3 team shown here gathered at the Space Telescope Operations
Control Center (STOCC).
One of the main worries was the transient and settling response of the
Here you see the temperature plot of the UVIS detector. As
can see, it settled
nicely into its setpoint at the end.
Click here for the first phase of IR
Click here for the second phase and
zoom-in of IR
Note the nice settle into the setpoint.
The science data from Hubble is processed here in Baltimore MD at
the Space Telescope
The event where the
first light from
the stars is imaged by a new telescope or science instrument is called
"first light". This is a momentous event, where we get to see
first image that is taken by the new hardware. I was
to be invited to the first light event of two of the four instruments
that were repaired and installed on this mission.
I had the privilege of being invited to the first light event of the
ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) instrument. This took place
Saturday June 13 at noon.
Here is the first light observation. I have obscured the
as it will
not be shown publicly until September 2009. The image was of
the galaxy "NGC
For the WFC3 first light, we were in the main auditorium, as
the crowd was a little bigger.
The introductory presentation was by one of the two instrument
John MacKenty. The other (Randy Kimble) can be seen in the
he is the third from the right.
We were all very excited and realized that this culminated many years
Here I stand next to a very tight zoom of the image. The
greyed out because this image
is also embargoed
until the fall of 2009. It is of the M81 Galaxy
the offical released version of this image.
We all signed a hardcopy of the image, and it will be framed and hung
In July 2009, during our initial setup and calibration of WFC3, the
world of astronomy was shaken up by the discovery of an impact on
Jupiter. Despite our being not quite sharply focused
we drop the scheduled operations and directed our gaze to the planet to
capture the event. Here
is a link to that image.
The first publically
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