Ready to Go: Hubble Awaits the Trip to Space (1990)

Ready to Go: Hubble Awaits the Trip to Space (1990)

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Hubble is lifted into the upright position in Lockheed Martin's acoustic vibration chamber in preparation for its 1990 launch aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. The telescope was designed and built in the 1970s and 1980s, but its launch was delayed by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. A close look at this image reveals a portion of the 225 feet (68.6 m) of handrails installed around the outside for astronauts to grip during repair mission spacewalks.


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Hubble Telescope, Missions, Photographs

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NASA