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The payloads for the STS-125 mission are prepared for flight inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, a 10,000-class cleanroom at the Kennedy Space Center. After installation of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, Fine Guidance Sensor, Wide Field Camera 3 and new batteries to replace the 18-year-old originals, Hubble "will be at the apex of its scientific capcity." In addition, Atlantis' crew will install a Soft Capture Mechanism to enable a future Orion or other unmanned spacecraft to dock and deorbit Hubble.
|The Flight Support Structure is what Hubble will "rest" on. The silver Soft Capture Mechanism will be installed and left behind::|
|The Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier for the shuttle payload bay will hold the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, Fine Guidance Sensor and several other replacement parts for Hubble:|
|The cargo bay Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier holds the Wide Field Camera and Hubble's new batteries:|
|The Multi-Use Logistics Equipment Carrier (MULE):|
|Multi-layer Insulation (MLI) used to protect and insulate the components on orbit:|