Mission Celebration Ceremonies
Sept 8 2009, my coworkers and I boarded four large buses and headed to
the world famous Smithsonian
. We were shown
a preview of the 3D IMAX movie that was shot during the mission by the
cargo bay camera.
The movie was extremely impressive. The camera uses about one
mile of film, and consumes this in 8 minutes. It alternately
shoots a left and right image on the film, and is digitally copied onto
two separate reels for projection. The ARUBA box
prominently seen in
the movie, and it is breathtaking to see all of HST in 3D
be released in the Spring of 2010.
Then on Sept 9 2009, the first
images of the new set of instruments
were revealed to the public. They showed that the entire
observatory is functioning beautifully, and we have 6 properly
operating instruments for the first time ever.
That evening, we returned to the museum to attend a glamorous reception
with the dignitaries such as Charles Bolden (new NASA administrator),
Ed Weiler (Associate Administrator for Science), the astronaut crew of
STS-125, and several other VIPs).
As is usual for receptions held at this museum, the food was excellent,
with lavish desserts, and it was great to see coworkers and rub elbows
with the famous and important.
This was the invitation for the wonderful evening at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
This is Ed Weiler showing and explaining to the audience the released
science images. This one is Stephan's
. It shows five
in the same image, some of them interacting with each other.
Although I have met Dr. John Mather several times, including in meetings
at work, this is the first time I took a picture with the first
NASA Nobel prize recipient.
This is with Greg "Ray Jay" Johnson, the pilot of STS-125.
On the left is Scott "Scooter" Altman, commander of STS-125, and on the
Judy Carroll, the associate producer of the Hubble IMAX 3D movie.
Bruce McCandless was one of the astronauts on STS-31, the mission
that deployed/released Hubble in 1990. He was a frequent
to us at work, and a member of the independent review team
that Charles Bolden chaired for SM-4.
This is a screen snap of the IMAX 3D
Click the image for a full size.
In this image, one can see several items that I have worked on over the
Blue oval: WFC3
circle: ARUBA box.
sight of this is of special pride for me.
Not visible are the SSR, the Cryocooler
the Diode Box
, and ACS
Close-up of the area around the ARUBA box.
Here is more info on
Hubble Space Telescope
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assessment is that
the performance of the Hubble Space Telescope has never been
beter. For the first time in our history, we have 6
functioning Science Instruments on HST. Even the Early
Observations, which are normally meant for the dazzle factor have new
scientific discoveries in them (very deep red shift
Here is an excerpt from one of our two instrument scientists:
Allow me to quote
from the first paragraph from the conclusions section of Oesch et al
"4. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
The first observations with
demonstrated the amazing improvement over previous NIR
instruments...........With NICMOS about 100 orbits were needed per z ~
candidate found (Bouwens et al. 2009a); WFC3 is ~ 50 times more
efficient and requires
only 2.4 orbits per candidate (for fields with existing deep optical
This remarkable ability to detect high red- shift galaxies extends to z
(see Bouwens et al. 2009b)"
And there off!!!!!!!!!!!!
The team that developed the hardware for this past mission is very
proud to see the way the mission and the performance of the telescope
has turned out. We consider this accomplishment a high point
our careers. It has been a lot of work and long hours, but I
admire the commitment of excellence of each of our team
It has been a pleasure working on this mission.
As Dave Leckrone (HST project scientist) said in his speech during the
celebration ceremonies, we still talk about Galileo's
accomplishments. He can foresee a hundred years from now, a
student learning about HST's accomplishments, and his or her mother
will say to him that his great grandfather or grandmother worked on
Hubble. That leaves me with a profound sense of
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