Tag: HST

August 30, 1984: Space Shuttle Discovery’s Maiden Voyage

Today in 1984, NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its maiden voyage. Discovery was in operation for over 27 years before its final touchdown on March 9, 2011. During its run, it was launched and landed 39 times, the most by any spacecraft to date. Among its notable voyages is the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and the second flight of astronaut John Glenn in 1998, who became the oldest man in space at 77 years old. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, and is currently on display in Virginia at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of…

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Today in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (named for astronomer Edwin Hubble) sent its first photographs to NASA. The pictures were noticeably blurrier and of lower quality than what was expected. It was discovered that this was due to an incredibly minor polishing mistake on one of the primary mirrors. In December 1993, a team was sent out to replace the mirror and perform various other tweaks and upgrades. By January 1994, the HST was fully operational as originally intended. The Hubble has been one of the most important boons for both data collection and public relations for NASA. It still remains completely functional today,…

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