Monday, May 18, 2009

Shuttle Astronauts Again Surprised by Hubble

Shuttle Astronauts Again Surprised as Spacewalk Hubble Repair Proves Easy: "High above Earth, where the space shuttle Atlantis has lassoed the Hubble Space Telescope, some of the simple repairs have been heart-poundingly difficult, and many of the most daunting tasks have turned out to be a breeze.

So it went yesterday, with two astronauts ripping open an instrument and fiddling with sharp objects that posed a potentially lethal hazard to pressure-suited spacewalkers. Heralded as the most challenging spacewalk of the mission, it went like a dream -- and for at least one day, the aging Hubble and its eccentricities didn't give the astronauts fits."