Astronaut with Bay Area ties to service Hubble

California astronaut Megan McArthur will embark on her first space journey next month as part of NASA's final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

McArthur, who was born in Hawaii, graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View in 1989, received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2002 received her doctorate degree in oceanography from the University of California, San Diego.

Her parents, Don and Kit McArthur, live in San Jose.

McArthur will be one of seven astronauts who will fly on the Atlantis space shuttle's fifth and final servicing mission. The 11-day flight is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 10:34 p.m (PDT) on Oct. 7.

McArthur began her two-year training as a mission specialist with NASA in 2000, which led to an assignment working on technical issues on shuttle systems at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory in the Astronaut Office shuttle operations branch.

Five space walks are planned for the October mission, during which repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope should help extend its life and capabilities to at least 2013, NASA officials said.

Atlantis today began its journey from the Kennedy Space Center's vehicle assembly building to Launch Pad 39A, where it will undergo equipment tests in preparation for the launch.

Bay City News

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Private vehicles were banned from much of Market Street in January 2020, causing bike ridership on the street to increase by 25 percent and transit efficiency by as much as 12 percent. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board approves new Better Market Street legislation

Advocates say traffic safety improvements don’t go far enough to make up for lost bikeway

San Francisco City Hall is lit in gold and amber to remember victims as part of a national Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco joins national COVID memorial ceremony

San Francisco took part Tuesday in the first national Memorial to Lives… Continue reading

The San Francisco Police Department has cancelled discretionary days off and will have extra officers on duty for Inauguration Day, Chief Bill Scott said Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF ‘prepared for anything’ ahead of inauguration, but no protests expected

Authorities boosting police staffing, security at City Hall

Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the SF Department of Public Health, said Tuesday that The City had received only a fraction of the COVID vaccine doses it requested this week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Unpredictable supplies leave SF running low on COVID vaccine

Reported reactions to Moderna shots prompt hold on 8,000 doses

The T Third Street train will resume service on Saturday, and will be joined by a new express route from the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bayview-Hunters Point residents get first direct express bus to downtown

New Muni route to launch alongside the return of the T-Third train

Most Read