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STS-103 Post Flight Crew Presentation
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- Title STS-103 Post Flight Crew Presentation
- Released: 03/02/2000
- Length 00:15:04
- Language English
- Footage Type Documentary
- Copyright ESA
The STS-103 shuttle mission was launched on 20 December 1999, from the Kennedy Space Centre, and is the third flight to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a joint NASA/ESA project.
Crew members include ESA astronauts Claude Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy. Other STS-103 crew members were: Curtis L. Brown, commander; Scott J. Kelly, pilot; Steven L. Smith, mission specialist; C. Michael Foale, mission specialist; John M. Grunsfeld, mission specialist.
This video provides a post flight summary of the mission, as follows:
crew suited up; pressure checks on space suits; crew leave operations and checkout building; daytime views of launch pad; crew strapped into position for launch; night view of launch pad; night launch; ignition of main engines; ignition of solid rocket motors; view inside cockpit at launch; booster separation; view of external tank ejection; opening of payload doors; jet firings; checking robotic arms; Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS), or Canadarm (Canadarm 1), view of earth from shuttle; EVA suit check; views of Hubble Space Telescope; mechanical contact with Hubble; berthing of telescope on payload bay; (EVA 1) astronauts replace Hubble's three Rate Sensor Units (RSUs), each containing two gyroscopes, inside telescope; footage of Hubble from shuttle; (EVA 2) opening of bay and replacement of Hubble's main computer by Foale and Nicollier; exchange of a Fine Guidance Sensor, used to point Hubble at objects observed; tension during spacewalk whilst sliding sensor into place; storing of FGSs in orbital replacement carrier for return to earth; views from shuttle of Bird Island and Kennedy Space Center; (EVA 3) installation of new radio transmitter aand data tape recorder; thermal insulation blankets outside of Hubble replaced; Clervoy releases Hubble with robotic arm; Discovery space shuttle pulls away slowly from Hubble; shot of crew member waving in Santa Claus hat; astronauts stow equipment away as preparation for landing; footage of everyday activities on board shuttle; closing of payload doors; night landing sequence including thermal imaging footage; exterior footage of Shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center; crew walk around Discovery.
The video includes excellent footage of the Hubble Space Telescope and EVA to repair the telescope.