The Atlantis astronauts completed their final EVA (extra-vehicular activity) yesterday to repair the Hubble space telecope and NASA is
declaring the mission a success. It’s bittersweet to note that this mission contained the last scheduled EVA for the space shuttle. Despite all of its flaws, the shuttle has been an excellent platform for making repairs in space. The usefulness of the Canadarm shone through in this mission, as did the importance of human space flight. It would be hard to imagine a robot wrenching off that stuck panel and making the repairs necessary to keep an instrument like Hubble working.
This photo is one of many amazing shots from the mission posted in the Boston Globe’s “The Big Picture” series.