MV astronaut grabs hold of Hubble

Megan McArthur uses robotic arm to snag telescope from aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis

Mountain View native Megan McArthur, an astronaut who is part of the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, this week plucked the telescope from orbit, according to NASA.

NASA officials announced Wednesday morning that McArthur used the space shuttle's robotic arm to grab onto the telescope. The crew then planned to lower Hubble into a special cradle called the Flight Support System. The telescope will then be latched to a lazy Susan-type device while the repairs are made.

McArthur attended Saint Francis High School. The school honored her by watching the Atlantis' launch together.

NASA officials say five space walks will be needed to restore and renew the telescope. The first took place Thursday.


Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Great job! It just shows how a quality private school education pays off.

Posted by Guest, a resident of another community
on May 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm

McArthur is technically a native Hawaiian (she was born in Honolulu), but it's good to see a local doing a great job on the shuttle.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

USA is a registered user.

How would you like to be her husband now?

... If I can snatch a satellite out of orbit and put it in the Space Shuttle, you can pick up your socks and put them in the hamper!

Posted by Silver Fox, a resident of another community
on May 17, 2009 at 12:11 am

A friend of mine has been attached to a lazy-Susan device for years. We did try and warn him.

Posted by Ted, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Well said, Ned! Those lousy MVHS students will never accomplish anything.

Posted by The Dad, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 18, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Whoo-Hoo Megan! What-Whaaaat! Yeyah!!!

Posted by Go Spartans, a resident of another community
on May 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

Actually Ned, Megan went to MVHS for the first two years of high school before transferring to St Francis :)

Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I don't recall saying anything negative about MVHS... just that a quality private education pays off. I've obviously struck a nerve.

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