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On May 11, 2009, the space shuttle Atlantis was launched from the Kennedy Space Center and docked with the Hubble Space Telescope 360 miles above the earth. During Servicing Mission 4 (SM4), astronauts installed new, cutting-edge scientific instruments and replaced gyroscopes, batteries, and other equipment. After a difficult but very successful upgrade of the telescope, the astronauts released Hubble on May 19. The Exploratorium Webcast team will bring you two live Webcasts (May 20 & May 23) about this arduous mission and the future of the telescope. Exploratorium staff Ron Hipschman and Robyn Higdon sum up the last five days of spacewalks, and show a couple of good-bye conferences with the shuttle astronauts. The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) was successfully installed. In preparation for the installation of the NICMOS Cooling System tomorrow, the astronauts also installed the Electronics Support Module. We also talk with Massimo Stiavelli, a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute about his involvement with the ACS and the future Wide Field Planetary Camera 3 (WFPC3) scheduled to be installed during the next servicing mission in 2004. Learn about the successful replacement of the Power Control Unit (PCU) and listen as we talk with Mark Clampin, part of the team that developed the Advanced Camera for Surveys scheduled for installation tonight. We learn about Hubble's new solar arrays, and Dr. Bruce Margon talks about the future of Hubble and about the Next Generation Telescope, which will eventually replace Hubble. In an exclusive taped interview, Hubble payload commander and astronaut John Grunsfeld discusses how astronauts who'll be servicing a telescope in space train in a giant pool at the Johnson Space Center. We'll also show an interview with space engineer Amy Ross, filmed in the space suit laboratory at Johnson. Fresh from the launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center, Ron Hipschman shows images and recounts what its like to watch at shuttle launch from three miles away. We also preview the mission and the tasks the astronauts will be doing during their five planned space walks.