NASA HISTORY: STS-31 Discovery Lifts Off From Kennedy Space Center In 1990 Carrying Hubble Space Telescope

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ABOVE VIDEO: Space Shuttle STS-31 Launch from Kennedy Space Center on April 24, 1990.

(NASA) – Today in 1990, STS-31 Discovery lifts off to deploy one of the most significant astronomical advances since Galileo’s telescope: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

On board the Space Shuttle Discovery were astronauts Loren Shriver, Charlie Bolden, Kathy Sullivan, Bruce McCandless and Steve Hawley.

Above the distortion of Earth’s atmosphere, Hubble has an unobstructed view of the universe.

Scientists have used the optical telescope to observe the most distant stars and galaxies as well as the planets in our solar system.

Today in 1990, STS-31 Discovery lifts off to deploy one of the most significant astronomical advances since Galileo’s telescope: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA Image)

On board the Space Shuttle Discovery were astronauts Loren Shriver, Charlie Bolden, Kathy Sullivan, Bruce McCandless and Steve Hawley.

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