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An overhead crane moves the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph or COS toward a protective enclosure on the Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier.

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In the clean room of the Payload Hazardous Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, an overhead crane moves the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, or COS, toward a protective enclosure on the Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier, part of the payload for the fifth and final Hubble servicing mission, STS-125. Other payloads include the Flight Support System, the Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier and the Multi-Use Lightweight Equipment, or MULE, carrier. COS will be the most sensitive ultraviolet spectrograph ever flown on Hubble and will probe the "cosmic web" - the large-scale structure of the universe whose form is determined by the gravity of dark matter and is traced by galaxies and intergalactic gas. The COS far-ultraviolet channel has a sensitivity 30 times greater than that of previous spectroscopic instruments for the detection of extremely low light levels. Launch of Atlantis on the STS-125 mission is targeted for Oct. 8. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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  • Title: An overhead crane moves the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph or COS toward a protective enclosure on the Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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