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The Rotating Service Structure is rolled back from Space Shuttle Columbia in preparation for launch February 28, 2002, at 6:48 a.m. EST (11:48 GMT) on mission STS-109.

Flags of the U.S. and the orbiter (foreground) illustrate the brisk winds blowing at Launch Complex 39A. In the photo is seen the Orbiter Access Arm stretched to Columbia's cockpit.

A Hubble Servicing Mission, the goal of STS-109 is to replace Solar Array 2 with Solar Array 3, replace the Power Control Unit, remove the Faint Object Camera and install the ACS, install the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) Cooling System, and install New Outer Blanket Layer insulation.

Date: February 27, 2002
Photo credit: NASA


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