A dozen years ago, the Space Shuttle Endeavor was linked with the Hubble Space Telescope. After a two day chase, F. Story Musgrave and Jeffrey A. Hoffman began the first of five extra-vehicular activities (EVAs, or “spacewalks”) at 10:46 PM Eastern time on December 4th, 1993. It lasted over seven hours.
The STS-61 mission to perform major repairs and upgrades to the Hubble was, honestly, the Space Shuttle at its best. The successful 11-day flight is legendary, and rightly so.
Today, the days of both the Shuttle and the Hubble numbered. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been glory. Sadly, there hasn’t been as much from the Shuttle as we were promised.