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May 19, 2009 AT 11:35 am

Hubble tools…

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Amazing photo set, love the tools

The tools that will be used to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on the STS-125 mission are displayed in the NASA News Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At far right is the pistol grip tool. It can install and remove instruments, drive latches and open doors. A self-contained, high-torque drive, the tool features an on-board computer that permits users to tailor its performance to the mission demands. In the foreground are the card extraction and insertion tools to enable removal of electronic cards. At top center is the plastic version of the pistol grip tool used by astronauts during practice in the water tank at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. At center left is the bit caddy.


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1 Comment

  1. That is just unbelievably cool- who wouldn’t want cool space tools? My 5yr old son was thrilled to watch the launch – he’s really into astronomy and astronauts right now. I took him to a friend’s machine shop the other day and he wanted to know where the space robots were…. :D

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