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Photos: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Missions

  • Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

    Over the past 20 years, Hubble has delivered new discoveries and breathtaking images. The most amazing discovery has been Hubble’s longevity.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Hubble's Deployment: STS-31

    STS-31 patch.
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  • Hubble Space Telescope Deployment

    Hubble Telescope to Star in Warner Bros.' IMAX 3D Film
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    CREDIT: NASA/Smithsonian/Lockheed.
  • Mission to Hubble: STS-61

    STS-61 patch
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  • Protecting the Hubble

    Astronaut F. Story Musgrave, anchored on the end of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm, prepares to be elevated to the top of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to install protective covers on the magnetometers during Endeavour's STS-61 mission, which
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  • Mission to Hubble: STS-82

    STS-82 patch
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  • Discovery's STS-103 Reflecting on the Lake

    Like a rising sun, space shuttle Discovery rockets into the night sky on the STS-103 mission on Dec. 19, 1999 at 7:50 p.m. EST. The brilliant light creates a reflection of the launch in the water nearby. STS-103 was a servicing mission for the Hubble Spac
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  • Mission to Hubble: STS-103

    STS-103 patch.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • STS-103 mission to Hubble

    The Fight Begins Once Again for Hubble's Life
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • A Space Shuttle Christmas

    Space Shuttle Christmas STS-13
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Mission to Hubble: STS-109

    STS-109 patch.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Hubble's Final Fix-It Flight Almost Never Was

    Hubble's Final Fix-It Flight Almost Never Was
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    CREDIT: NASA.
  • Hubble Hugger Eager to Fix 'Mind-Blowing' Telescope

    Hubble Hugger Eager to Fix 'Mind-Blowing' Telescope
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  • Mission to Hubble: STS-125

    STS-125 patch.
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Fixing Hubble: Space Mechanics Set for Last Service Call

    Fixing Hubble: Space Mechanics Set for Last Service Call
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    CREDIT: NASA/Cory Huston
  • The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope During Servicing Mission 4

    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope During Servicing Mission 4
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Icon in Space

    Hubble Space Telescope, an icon in space.
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  • Astronauts Take Time Off After Fixing Hubble

    Astronauts Take Time Off After Fixing Hubble
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    CREDIT: NASA.
  • Farewell Hubble, We'll Miss You

    Shuttle Astronauts to Try for Sunday Landing
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    CREDIT: NASA.
  • Astronauts Have Trouble Upgrading Hubble Telescope

    Astronauts Have Trouble Upgrading Hubble Telescope
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  • Astronauts to Say Goodbye to Hubble Telescope

    Astronauts to Say Goodbye to Hubble Telescope
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  • Last Mission to Hubble

    Stormy Weather Delays Space Shuttle Landing
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  • The Last Hubble Repair Crew

    Hubble Space Telescope's last repair crew - STS-125 astronauts
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • Fixing Hubble with Robots?

    Hubble Robot Repair Deal Given to Canadian Firm
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    CREDIT: MD Robotics
  • Fixing Hubble with Robots?

    NASA Review: Hubble Headed For Deorbit-Option Only
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  • An Icon in Space

    Hubble Tune-Up Plans Detailed
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The Hubble Space Telescope is an icon of astronomy. Launched in April 1990, the space-based observatory opened up the universe to scientists - and the public - like never before. And here's the kicker: Hubble is still going strong today.

But it was a rocky road at the start. After launch, NASA realized the Hubble telescope had blurry vision and required another mission to fix its flawed optics. Ultimately five servicing missions were launched between 1993 and 2009 to repair and upgrade Hubble. See some of the highlights of those missions in this SPACE.com slideshow.

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