While astronauts were hard at work in space preparing Atlantis for landing, the ESA HST team got the opportunity to visit the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) - the American home for Hubble science. There is close collaboration between the European home for Hubble, the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF) and STScI. ESA HST Project Scientist & Mission Manager Antonella Nota hosted the meeting.
At STScI, there are 15 astronomers, 13 of who are embedded with the HST instrument teams. They have already started supporting SM4, by analysing and assessing the aliveness and functional tests (that were conducted from the STOCC at Goddard) for all instruments. Nota is part of the senior management ESA team here in the U.S. that represents the ESA perspective in the decision-making process for Hubble.