POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2009 - 8:37am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm
Astronaunts overcome Hubble spacewalk obstacles...
With all of the high tech tools at NASA's disposal, it took brute force Sunday to complete a spacewalk.
When a bolt holding a handle on the Hubble space telescope wouldn't budge NASA gave astronauts the go ahead to tear it free.
It was just one part of what proved to be a tricky spacewalk.
As astronauts got started, a bolt on the telescope refused to turn leaving spacewalkers unable to access the area they needed to repair.
They tried new, high tech tools but ultimately it took old fashioned muscle.
With Atlantis out of video contact, mission managers could only listen as the bolt was ripped loose
But that wasn't the only hiccup. Next a drill quit, proving weekend fix it jobs can be just as frustrating in space.
Finally, astronauts were able to get to work on their task removing more than 100 tiny screws - wearing bulky gloves and making sure none slipped away as they repaired one of the telescopes key science instruments.
And after more than seven hours Hubble now has a new outlook on the universe.
Since Sunday’s spacewalk took so long, they didn't complete their last task wrapping new insulation around Hubble, so astronauts may have to do that Monday.