Click on image for full size
Courtesy of NASA
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. The next step is to put the telescope back into
orbit. The HST was 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 major repairs to the HST.
These repairs are going to help the HST make more discoveries.
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.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, as well as books
on science education!
You might also be interested in:
1997 was a great year in space. Let's journey back and look at the top discoveries and missions that took place in 1997!To start off with, there were eight successful shuttle missions launched by NASA....more
Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at 2:32 am Central Time at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, February 21. This is the ninth nighttime land in Shuttle program history. The completed mission was...more
Scheduled for launch on January 12, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will be carrying one uncommon payload...KidSat. KidSat is an education program maintained by NASA. A still camera aboard the shuttle is used...more
A crack in an oxygen-making machine on the Mir space station caused a small fire on the night of February 24. The fire caused some damage to hardware on the station. The crew was exposed to heavy smoke...more
Astronomers have found another planet outside our solar system. That makes a total of 102 exoplanets that have been found so far! The astronomers that found the exoplanet, have been searching outside...more
Have you ever wanted to see a picture of a star? How about 2 million pictures?! The Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)has put together all these images of stars for you to see! Just click on the link below...more
Earth may look like a giant marble from space, but it is not exactly round! It is a little wider around the equator, like a tangerine. But Earth's shape does not stay the same! Scientists have been watching...more
Scientists found a large amount of chlorine in Io's atmosphere! Io is one of Jupiter's moons. It has more chlorine than Earth. Chlorine is part of salt, so there may be salt on Io! Salt is a very important...more