Astronauts Take a Dip

Two astronauts donned spacesuits and dipped into a giant swimming pool early today, wrapping up a weeklong dress rehearsal for NASA’s fifth and final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission this fall.

Atlantis mission specialist John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel are running through the last of a quintet of spacewalks aimed at extending the life of NASA’s flagship observatory.

“There are five spacewalks planned for shuttle mission STS-125 on five consecutive days,” said Pat Ryan, a mission commentator at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. “These are not the final training sessions for this crew,” he said. “But it is an opportunity for the entire crew to work through this suite of five spacewalks in five days in as much as possible, real time.”

Grunsfeld, Feustel and five other astronauts are scheduled to launch Oct. 8 fromFlorida’s Space Coast on the Space Shuttle Atlantis on a mission to deliver two new science instruments to Hubble and repair two others.  For the rest of this entry and pics

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