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Andy's First Launch

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S: STS 125

FC: June 16, 2008

1: Mom and I getting the family tour of NASA.

2: You can see both Atlantis and Endeavour! | NASA technicians are seen atop the external fuel tanks. | Atlantis being rolled out.

3: Tools to use on the telescope. | In the vehicle assembly building being lifted to be placed on top of the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.

4: Tour Day - Guided by another astronaut! | Family Passes

5: In Quarintine - The crew had to stand on the other side of the street. - No hugs.

6: Long distance hello's

7: Mary and Grace Vezina | Great Grandma Litte and Grandma Barb

8: Me, Cut out Andy, and Mom | Me and Daddy Me and G.G. Little

9: Grandma Barb and Grandpa Bud | Grandpa Steve | Mom and Kevin Ford (another astronaut) | Matt and Mike

10: Indi and the boys (Ari and Aden) put together a party for all the visitors to mingle the day before the launch. | Mary and Me | Ari - Me - Aden | The Vezina's

11: Grandma Beth and I kissing Andy Indi - Me - Ari | Mike, Me, Aunt Darlene, and Matt

12: This is hanging off the top of the building. Replicas of old ships in the museum. | Mom and I on the bus! | Launch Day!

13: Actual Moon rock that you can touch! | Old pick-up ambo | So much to see.

14: You could hear what Houston was saying to the astronauts while they were doing their check-offs. | While waiting for the launch you could learn about the history of NASA.

16: This astronaut, Mike Foreman, was telling us what the check-off's were as they were going on.

17: As the count down began the crowd got quieter and quieter...until there was complete silence.

18: This was hard to take pictures and watch at the same time.

19: 5...4...3...2...1! | ...and away he goes

20: Pics from Pro's

21: Atlantis’ astronauts repaired and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope, conducting five spacewalks during their mission to extend the life of the orbiting observatory. They successfully installed two new instruments and repaired two others, bringing them back to life, replaced gyroscopes and batteries, and added new thermal insulation panels to protect the orbiting observatory. The result is six working, complementary science instruments with capabilities beyond what was available and an extended operational lifespan until at least 2014.

23: Andy made 3 space walks while in orbit. All to fix the Hubble telescope.

24: Veteran astronaut Scott D. Altman commanded the final space shuttle mission to Hubble. Retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson served as pilot. Mission specialists included veteran spacewalkers John M. Grunsfeld and Michael J. Massimino and first-time space fliers Andrew J. Feustel, Michael T. Good and K. Megan McArthur.

25: Amateur Astronomer Thierry Legault made this one of kind photograph from the ground of the Space shuttle Atlantis as the shuttle was passing between the sun and the earth.

26: Your hands have large gloves on them so you have very little dexterity. Andy had to removed little bolts and screws with care.

27: The space suits are like HUGE snowsuits with lots of extra layers. - There is a temperature regulation device to deal with the extreme heart and cold as the sun orbits around.

29: With the newly installed Wide Field Camera, Hubble will be able to observe in ultraviolet and infrared spectrums as well as visible light, peer deep onto the cosmic frontier in search of the earliest star systems and study planets in the solar system. The telescope’s new Cosmic Origins Spectrograph will allow it to study the grand-scale structure of the universe, including the star-driven chemical evolution that produce carbon and the other elements necessary for life.

30: Linda and Bruce Daily G.Ma Barb's sister - Mary Jo

31: Dad and I played while Andy was away.

32: A little time at the beach never hurt anyone.

34: They are BACK!

35: The Whole Crew | From the left are astronauts Michael J. Massimino, Michael T. Good, both mission specialists; Gregory C. Johnson, pilot; Scott D. Altman, commander; K. Megan McArthur, John M. Grunsfeld and Andrew J. Feustel, all mission specialists. | WELCOME HOME

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