This Day in History: Second Hubble Repair Mission Launched (February 11th, 1997)

On this day in history in 1997, a second space shuttle mission was launched in an effort to repair the massive orbiting laboratory, the Hubble Space Telescope.

The space shuttle Discovery blasted off on February 11th, 1997 from Florida. The crew for the mission known as STS-82 included a commander, a pilot, and five mission specialists.

Over a period of several spacewalks, astronauts upgraded scientific instruments on Hubble, as well as replaced parts. In total, these spacewalks combined for over thirty-three hours of time outside of Discovery.

After the nearly ten-day mission, Discovery safely landed back on Earth on February 21st, 1997.

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