August 19, 2019

15.10.09:Watch the Hubble Repair Online!

Its out! After much waiting, PBS’s flagship science program NOVA has at last begun putting the new season up online for viewing! This will assure that those of us who now exclusively get their media via the Internet, such as ourselves here at Astroguyz HQ, receive our weekly fix. And the change-over could not have been timelier; the first episode we previewed was Hubble’s Amazing Rescue, the STS-125 mission to save the Space Telescope earlier this year. The episode follows the dangerous repair mission from the tank training on the ground to the problems encountered and overcome while in orbit. The personalities of astronauts Mike Massimino (a.k.a. The “Tweeting astronaut”) and Megan MacArthur shine through in this engaging episode. And hey, we learned a thing or two; I’d heard about the nut capture plate for instance, but had never seen it in action. Lots of stunning IMAX footage was shot during this amazing mission for eventual use on the big screen. Be sure to give the NOVA site a peek as new episodes are now going up!