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.