The Toughest Repair Job

Sometimes, it isn’t just what’s broken or how badly it’s broken, but location can turn a trivial job into a virtually impossible one. Take the last shuttle repair mission to Hubble, for example.

This mission caused all sorts of records to be set, including the longest spacewalk ever! What caused the tremendous setback? A stuck bolt. No kidding. All-in-all, the servicing took five separate spacewalks of many hours each. A nice writeup of the difficulty of these repairs is given by Julianne here. Consider this: if the telescope were on the ground, all repairs could easily have been done in less time than it takes to change the rotors and brake pads on your car.

But it isn’t like repair jobs are trivial when you involve launches.

Well, the National Geographic Channel is showing off the world’s toughest repair jobs, and the season premiere happens tomorrow, June 4th, at 9 PM (EDT/PDT). What are they highlighting? Satellites and launches. The previews look great, and for those of you who were hoping to find some great television shows highlighting science, this may be one you need to check out!

Comments

  1. #1 Jordan
    June 3, 2009

    You always find and post the coolest pics! The two slits post is still messing with my brain BTW.

  2. #2 Patrick
    June 3, 2009

    Longest spacewalk belongs to STS-102 at 8 hours and 56 minutes.

    STS-125 EVA 4 was 8 hours and 2 minutes.

  3. #3 Personal Development
    March 23, 2011

    This is just a great compliment to you, the owner of this blog. I am reading article after article.
    “Sometimes, it isn’t just what’s broken or how badly it’s broken, but location can turn a trivial job into a virtually impossible one. Take the last shuttle repair mission to Hubble, for example. ”

    so true, in life when you aren’t in the right time and place, you just slow down, or speed up to get the things done.
    Location is the key, so don’t procrastinate, but the reparation jobs will be costly

    M.

  4. #4 Jobcentre Plus Uk
    May 8, 2011

    hey
    I love the photos because they show such amazing perfection. Even when something is broken, the construction and type of architectural forms are pure. The environment where the spacecrafts are used is so severely difficult that the forms need to be perfect in order to work well. just like in life… those who expose themselves into extreme pressure achieve phenomenal beauty

  5. #5 Aquaponic
    July 1, 2011

    I adore great shapes and structures, the best ones are the simplest ones as well. In the space, they need the technology that should work regardless the circumstances, and it verifies the qulity. ONly the best prevails.

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