Photos: A view from above

Photos: A view from above
A view from above

Atlantis astronauts carried out five back-to-back spacewalks to fix and upgrade the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, adding five to 10 years to Hubble's the observatory's lifetime. Scientists hope to begin beaming back the results by early September.



This image taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis shows a high oblique scene looking toward the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea.




The Hubble Space Telescope in the cargo bay following its capture.












This photo taken from the ground using a telescope with a solar filter shows Atlantis in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009.




Andrew Feustel, mission specialist, performing work on the Hubble Telescope on May 14, 2009.




Astronaut John Grunsfeld performing a spacewalk to work on the Hubble Space Telescope.




Astronaut Michael Good, left, works with the Hubble Space Telescope in the cargo bay.




Low-level winds rushing over the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of northwestern Africa create vortex clouds.




Astronaut John Grunsfeld attaches a tether during a spacewalk on Saturday, May 16, 2009.




Andrew Feustel, left, navigates near the Hubble on the end of the remote manipulator system arm, controlled from inside Atlantis' crew cabin.




Astronaut Michael Good rides Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm during a spacewalk.




Astronaut Mike Massimino looks through a window as astronaut Megan McArthur poses inside the Shuttle Atlantis.




Astronaut Mike Massimino is photographed through a window.




Mike Massimino is photographed Sunday, May 17, 2009 during the mission's fourth session of extravehicular activity.




John Grunsfeld positioned on a foot restraint on the end of Atlantis' remote manipulator system, participates in the mission's fifth and final session of extravehicular activity.




The Hubble Space Telescope is seen from the Space Shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft continue their relative separation.












Atlantis is backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere Wednesday, May 20, 2009.




Solar panels on the Hubble Space Telescope are seen through windows on the Atlantis flight deck.




A view of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center provided by one of the crew members on space shuttle Atlantis.




Crew members for the STS-125 mission, from top left: Michael Good, Mike Massimino, John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel, and bottom from left: Gregory C. Johnson, Scott Altman and Megan McArthur.

Want more photos? Check out our gallery from launch day!