Posted: December 25, 1999
The repaired and enhanced Hubble Space Telescope was released from the grasp of shuttle Discovery on Christmas Day to resume its observations of the universe. Hubble spent four days attached to Discovery during this third servicing mission. Images from NASA.
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: 2221 GMT (1721 EST)
Landing site: SLF, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Third spacewalk - views from Friday's spacewalk.
Second spacewalk - views from Thursday's spacewalk.
First spacewalk - views from Wednesday's spacewalk.
Retrieval - Images from Tuesday's rendezvous and capture of Hubble.
Launch - Images from Sunday's countdown and launch.
British born astronaut Michael Foale removes Hubble's old computer during the second spacewalk of the mission.
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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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