/ Published May 12, 2009
The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis today. The launch occurred at 2:01 p.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
"The 45th Space Wing is pleased to participate with NASA and our mission partners to launch Atlantis and bring increased capability and longevity to the Hubble Space Telescope," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr., 45th Space Wing commander.
"The 45th Space Wing is proud to participate with NASA in its missions to explore the universe. Mission success will allow Hubble to continue providing cutting-edge science for another five years."
The crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis will make the fourth and final shuttle visit to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA photo/Fletcher Hildreth)