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Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(22 December 1999) - Astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander, waves to a crew mate located inside the Space Shuttle Discovery's cabin during the first space walk of NASA's third servicing visit to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The photo was taken with an electronic still camera (ESC). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(22 December 1999) - One of the STS-103 astronauts inside Space Shuttle Discovery's cabin took this electronic still camera's (ESC) image of a full moon backdropped against the blackness of space over Earth's horizon. The top of the captured Hubble Space Telescope (HST) appears in the frame. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(22 December 1999) - Astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander, holds onto a handrail during the first space walk of the STS-103 servicing mission with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(23 December 1999) - Astronauts C. Michael Foale (left) and Claude Nicollier hover above Space Shuttle Discovery's aft cargo bay during their shared space walk to perform servicing tasks on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The photo was taken with an electronic still camera (ESC). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(23 December 1999) - Astronaut C. Michael Foale, standing on the end of Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS), which had hoisted him to a task station on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), uses a tool during the second space walk for the STS-103 mission. Astronauts Foale and Claude Nicollier are the second pair of STS-103 mission specialists to abandon the shirt-sleeve environment of Space Shuttle Discovery's cabin for several hours' tasks on this the third NASA servicing mission to HST. The photo was taken with an electronic still camera (ESC). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(24 December 1999) - Astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander, prepares to use a 35mm camera during the final space walk of the STS-103 mission. Smith is standing on a foot restraint connected to the end of Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS) robot arm. Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, mission specialist, translates along a handrail system on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in the background. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(24 December 1999) - Astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander, takes a picture with a 35mm camera during the final space walk of the STS-103 mission. Smith is standing on a foot restraint connected to the end of Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS) robot arm. Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, mission specialist, translates along a handrail system on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in the background. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(23 December 1999) - Astronauts C. Michael Foale (left) and Claude Nicollier work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)in Space Shuttle Discovery's aft cargo bay during their shared space walk to perform servicing tasks on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). A desert area on Earth forms the backdrop for the photo. Nicollier, part of the astronaut corps since 1980, represents the European Space Agency (ESA). Foale, one of NASA's astronauts who had spent several months aboard Russia's Mir Space Station, is an alumnus of the 1987 class of astronaut candidates.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(26 December 1999) - The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is about to be in the grasp of Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS) robot arm just prior to its release on December 26, 1999. The STS-103 astronauts had performed three space walks to service the giant telescope. The photo was taken with an electronic still camera (ESC). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(24 December 1999) - This vertical view from Space Shuttle Discovery shows two small islands of the Marianas Islands (Saipan and Tinian) in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean. The STS-103 crew recorded this electronic still image at 28:05:53 GMT, December 24, 1999. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(25 December 1999) - Moments after the freeing of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) by Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS), astronauts in the shuttle's cabin took a series of electronic stills of the giant observatory. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(22 December 1999) - An available light (no flash) scene allows a forward-looking view in the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center during the first space walk of STS-103. A large screen in front of the control room affords flight controllers a look at the live television downlink from Space Shuttle Discovery. Individual console monitors provide the controllers with the live images as well. The flight directors' console and that of the astronaut/spacecraft communicators (CAPCOM) appear at frame center. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(22 December 1999) - An overall view of the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center during Flight Day 3 activity. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(25 December 1999) - Moments after the freeing of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) by Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS), astronauts in the shuttle's cabin took a series of electronic stills of the giant observatory. This picture was taken three seconds after the previous frame. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19 - 27 December 1999)-From Space Shuttle Discovery's altitude of 330 nautical miles, nearly all of Florida and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico as far West as New Orleans are visible in this image. Parts of the shuttle's structure are visible at the bottom of the image, including the right wing, one of the orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods, and the vertical stabilizer. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - The Space Shuttle Discovery's Cargo Bay and Crew Module, and the Earth's horizon are reflected in the helmet visor of one of the space walking astronauts on STS-103. Astronauts Steven L. Smith, John M. Grunsfeld, C. Michael Foale and Claude Nicollier participated in three days of extravehicular activity on the NASA's third servicing visit to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - A closeup view of astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, with a cloud-covered part of Earth in the background, during the final of three extravehicular activities (EVA) on which he performed a variety of servicing tasks along with astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19 - 27 December 1999) - Astronauts C. Michael Foale, left, and Claude Nicollier (on Space Shuttle Discovery's robotic arm) install a Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) into a protective enclosure in the Shuttle's payload bay. Foale and Nicollier performed the second of three space walks to service the Hubble Space Telescope on the STS-103 mission. A large format camera inside Space Shuttle Discovery's cabin was used to record this high-resolution image, while the Shuttle was orbiting above ocean and clouds. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - This scene, showing the cabin and forward cargo bay of Space Shuttle Discovery was photographed by one of the space walking astronauts from the Space Shuttle's robotic arm. Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, at the controls of the remote manipulator system (RMS), can be seen through the aft flight deck window. A section of the RMS robot arm is at left. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - Astronaut C. Michael Foale closing the hatch to the airlock, with astronauts Steven L. Smith and John M. Grunsfeld inside, prior to one of the space walks. Serving as an in-cabin coordinator during two separate days of extravehicular activity (EVA), performed by Smith and Grunsfeld, Foale participated in an EVA himself with astronaut Claude Nicollier. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - The Sun reflects off the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) above the Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay in Earth orbit. A thin slice of Earth's horizon runs across the photograph. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - Astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander, retrieves a power tool while standing on the mobile foot restraint at the end of the remote manipulator system (RMS). Many of the tools required to service the Hubble Space Telescope are stored on the handrail attached to the RMS visible in the photograph. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, positioned on a foot restraint on the end of Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS), prepares to replace a radio transmitter in one of the Hubble Space Telescope's electronics bay. Astronaut Steven L. Smith, payload commander, is in lower right. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) floats gracefully above the blue Earth after release from Space Shuttle Discovery's robot arm after a successful servicing mission. The event marks the fourth time in history that a Space Shuttle has released the great observatory. Those occasions were the initial release in 1990 and three subsequent servicing missions including STS-103. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - Astronauts Steven L. Smith, and John M. Grunsfeld, appear as small figures in this wide scene photographed during extravehicular activity (EVA). On this space walk they are replacing gyroscopes, contained in rate sensor units (RSU), inside the Hubble Space Telescope. A wide expanse of waters, partially covered by clouds, provides the backdrop for the photograph. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - Astronaut Claude Nicollier, mission specialist from the European Space Agency (ESA), works at a storage enclosure, using one of the Hubble power tools, during the second of three STS-103 extravehicular activities (EVA). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - Astronaut C. Michael Foale works near the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) protective enclosure in Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay. Foale, along with astronaut Claude Nicollier (just out of frame at right), participated in the second STS-103 spacewalk. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-21 December 1999) - Astronauts C. Michael Foale (left) and Claude Nicollier participate in the second of three STS-103 spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). On this task they are replacing one of the telescope's Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS). Nicollier, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, is standing on the end of the remote manipulator system (RMS). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19-27 December 1999) - The gold of the solar arrays, illuminated from behind by the sunrise, provides stark contrast to the blackness of space in this scene, photographed at the completion of the servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Arching between the telescope and one of the solar panels is the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(August 1999) - These seven astronauts have been assigned as crew members for NASA's third servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). They are, from the left, astronauts C. Michael Foale, Claude Nicollier, Scott J. Kelly, Curtis L. Brown, Jr., Jean-Francois Clervoy, John M. Grunsfeld and Steven L. Smith. Brown and Kelly are commander and pilot, respectively. All the others are mission specialists (MS), with international MS Nicollier and Clervoy representing the European Space Agency (ESA). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19 December 1999) --Space Shuttle Discovery rises into the clear night sky to begin the 96th mission in the STS program. Liftoff occurred at 7:50 p.m. (EST), December 19, 1999 from Launch Pad 39B. Onboard were astronauts Curtis L. Brown, Jr., Scott J. Kelly, Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale, John M. Grunsfeld, Claude Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy. Swtizerland's Nicollier and France's Clervoy represent the European Space Agency (ESA). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19 December 1999) - The Space Shuttle Discovery, reflected in nearby water, lifts off into the clear night sky to begin the 96th mission in the STS program. Liftoff occurred at 7:50 p.m. (EST), December 19, 1999 from Launch Pad 39B. Onboard were astronauts Curtis L. Brown, Jr., Scott J. Kelly, Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale, John M. Grunsfeld, Claude Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy. Swtizerland's Nicollier and France's Clervoy represent the European Space Agency (ESA). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

(19 December 1999) - The Space Shuttle Discovery, framed by Florida foliage, clears the launch structure and heads toward the clear night sky to begin the 96th mission in the STS program. Liftoff occurred at 7:50 p.m. (EST), December 19, 1999 from Launch Pad 39B. Onboard were astronauts Curtis L. BrownJr., Scott J. Kelly, Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale, John M. Grunsfeld, Claude Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy. Swtizerland's Nicollier and France's Clervoy represent the European Space Agency (ESA). Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery - Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Animated Still. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery - Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Animated Still. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103

Space Shuttle Discovery - Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Animated Still. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

STS-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis makes a perfect landing at the SLF. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

STS-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis makes a perfect landing at the SLF. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

STS-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis makes a perfect landing at the SLF. Image credit: NASA.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-104

STS-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis makes a perfect landing at the SLF. Image credit: NASA.

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