For release: 04/25/02
Release #: 02-104
Shuttle STS-109 crew to visit Marshall Center Friday
Crew members of the March Space Shuttle Columbia STS-109 flight, who installed new equipment on the Hubble Space Telescope - NASA's first great observatory -- and boosted it to a higher orbit, will visit the Marshall Center Friday. Marshall engineers and scientists were instrumental in designing Hubble so that parts could be serviced and replaced in orbit.
What: Crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-109 who serviced and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope during their March mission will visit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Friday, April 26. The STS-109 astronauts performed a total of five space walks in five consecutive days to replace Hubble's solar arrays and perform other enhancements on the 12-year-old telescope.
When: Friday, April 26
The crew will present "Silver Snoopy" awards to Marshall employees who contributed to the success of the Space Shuttle or International Space Station programs.
During their visit with NASA and contractor employees, the crew will:
- 10 -11 a.m. - Show a video and talk about their mission
- 11-11:30 a.m. - Sign autographs and meet with representatives of the news media
- 12:30-2:30 p.m. - Present "Silver Snoopy" awards to Marshall team members
- 2:45-3:15 - Address "Space Campers" at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Who: STS-109 crew - Commander Scott D. Altman, Pilot Duane G. Carey and Mission Specialist Michael Massimino
Where: News media should check in at the Marshall Center Bldg. 4200 lobby security desk.
To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Martin Jensen of the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 544-0034. Media must enter at Redstone Arsenal Gate 1. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.