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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