Hubble Gets New Camera

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 4:58 PM CDT
Hubble Gets New Camera
This photo provided by NASA shows the Hubble Space Telescope in the cargo bay of the shuttle Atlantis.   (AP Photo/NASA)

The Hubble space telescope got some improved vision today in the form of a new camera. Two Atlantis astronauts completed a seven-hour spacewalk to give the 19-year-old telescope a much-needed upgrade, reports. "Woo-hoo, it's moving out," said astronaut Andrew Feustel after the old camera refused to budge at first. The spacewalk is the first of five planned over the shuttle's 11-day mission to service Hubble.

"We got to Hubble and gave Hubble a hug," said the other astronaut, John Grunsfeld. "And in traditional Hubble fashion, Hubble threw us a few curves." It was the first time since 2002 that humans had touched the telescope. The camera the astronauts replaced will return to earth and eventually go on display at the Smithsonian. (Read more Hubble Space Telescope stories.)

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