Hubble Operations – Ground Station Test

Flight Operations Manager Lynn Bassford observes from the back as Hubble Space Telescope mission operations team members conduct a test on April 11, 2019, in the Mission Operations Room. This room is the only place where commands can be sent to the spacecraft. Communication satellites typically transmit data to and from Hubble, but ground stations are used for contingency purposes. On this day, a test was conducted with one of those ground stations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Credits: NASA Goddard / R. Roth