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Astronauts take fifth spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope
News story originally written on February 18, 1997

Astronauts Mark Lee and Steve Smith of the space shuttle Discovery completed their fifth and last spacewalk in the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The spacewalk lasted 5 hours, 17 minutes. Now that the spacewalks are complete, the next step is to redeploy the telescope back into its initial orbit. The HST was initially placed into Discovery's payload bay so that repairs could be made.

The Space Shuttle Discovery mission began with liftoff on February 11, 1997, at 3:55 am. The ten-day mission consists of making significant repairs and improvements to the HST. These repairs are expected to improve the science capabilities of the HST. Two old astronomy instruments are to be replaced and upgrades will be made on HST's guidance system.

The Discovery Space Shuttle crew consists of the following: commander Ken Bowersox, pilot Scott Horowitz, Joe Tanner, Steve Hawley, Greg Harbaugh, Mark Lee, and Steve Smith.


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