Discovery captures Hubble
Posted: December 22, 1999
Space shuttle Discovery retrieved the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope on the night of December 22. The observatory was brought aboard the shuttle so spacewalking astronauts can replace broken and aging electronics on the 9 1/2-year old telescope. NASA images.
Flight data file
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Payload: HST Servicing Mission-3A
Launch date: Dec. 20, 1999
Launch window: 0050-0132 GMT (1950-2032 EST Dec. 19)
Launch site: LC-39B, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Landing date: Dec. 27, 1999
Landing time: 2224 GMT (1724 EST)
Landing site: SLF, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Launch - Images from Sunday's countdown and launch.
Space shuttle Discovery launches on STS-103 for the third mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Discovery's solid rocket boosters peel away from the shuttle's external fuel tank just over two minutes into flight.
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The STS-103 crew depart their crew quarters on Sunday afternoon headed for launch pad 39B.
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NASA Launch Director Dave King announces that the first launch attempt on Friday was scrubbed because of bad weather.
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Explore the Net
NASA Human Spaceflight - Space agency Web site dedicated to International Space Station and space shuttle programs.
Press kit - Official STS-103 mission press kit.
Shuttle Media Reference Guide - Complete in-depth look at space shuttle systems and facilities.
Shuttle Countdown Online - NASA Kennedy Space Center site with pre-launch information.
Hubble Space Telescope - Home page of NASA's first Great Observatory.
HST Servicing Mission 3A - NASA site focused on this servicing mission of Hubble.
European Space Agency - partner in HST program and has two astronauts flying on STS-103.
United Space Alliance - prime contractor responsible for daily shuttle processing work.
Thiokol - Manufactures the shuttle's solid rocket boosters.
Rocketdyne - Division of Boeing that builds shuttle main engines.
Lockheed Martin - Corporation that builds the external fuel tank.