This week on HST

HST Programs: May 11 - May 17, 2009

Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch at ~2 pm EDT on Monday May 11th to carry out Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope.
HST will cease Cycle 16 science observations several hours after launch, at 0 hours UT on Tuesday May 12th (8 pm EDT). There are five scheduled EVAs (see below), with EVA 1 scheduled for Thursday May 14th, starting at ~08:00 EDT. During that first EVA, the SI C&DH unit will be replaced, and WFC3 installed in place of WFPC2; EVA 2, scheduled for Friday 15th, will see the installation of replacement gyros and batteries; Saturday's EVA will include the installation of COS,replacing COSTAR, and (at least)the initial stages of the ACS repair process; and Sunday's EVA will include the STIS repair procedures.
Science observations will resume with Cycle 17 programs following SM4 and the Science Mission Orbital Verification process.

Program Number Principal Investigator Program Title Links
11103 Harald Ebeling, University of Hawaii A Snapshot Survey of The Most Massive Clusters of Galaxies Abstract
11130 Luis Ho, Carnegie Institution of Washington AGNs with Intermediate-mass Black Holes: Testing the Black Hole-Bulge Paradigm, Part II Abstract
11212 Douglas R. Gies, Georgia State University Research Foundation Filling the Period Gap for Massive Binaries Abstract
11943 Douglas R. Gies, Georgia State University Research Foundation Binaries at the Extremes of the H-R Diagram Abstract
11986 Julianne Dalcanton, Univ. Washington Completing HST's Local Volume Legacy Abstract

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