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Astronauts Once Again Demonstrate Why Humans Must be a Part of Space Exploration

By Marc Boucher
May 18, 2009

STS-125 MCC Status Report #15 – 5 p.m. CDT Monday, May 18, 2009, NASA

“Over the course of the mission’s five spacewalks, the crew added two new science instruments, repaired two others and replaced hardware that will extend the telescope’s life at least through 2014. The five spacewalks lasted 36 hours and 56 minutes all together. There have been 23 spacewalks devoted to Hubble, totaling 166 hours and six minutes.”

STS-125 mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel completed the fifth and final spacewalk on the Hubble Space Telescope Monday at 3:22 p.m. EDT. Outside the airlock hatch, Grunsfeld said, “This is a really tremendous adventure that weve been on, a very challenging mission. Hubble isnt just a satellite- its about humanitys quest for knowledge.
Editor’s note: This has been a tremendous mission for NASA and humanity and demonstrates once again the need for astronauts to be an integral part of space exploration. With Charles Bolden surely to be nominated in the coming days, if not tomorrow, and with a review of human space flight plans underway, should he become the next NASA Administrator I hope he demonstrates the leadership every one is looking for and fights for a strong human space flight program that goes beyond LEO.

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