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Featured Flashback: Hubble Servicing Mission

The first servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope launched December 2, 1993, aboard space shuttle Endeavour STS-61, three years after Hubble was deployed. Kathy Thornton was one of the astronauts who conducted an extravehicular activity (commonly known as a spacewalk) to work on servicing the space telescope. Hear her first-hand account of what it was like to hold one of the damaged solar arrays and to watch it float away into space as the sun began to rise over Earth.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Tell Me a Story video series shares incredible experiences from real astronauts. For a complete playlist of this series and Untold Stories from the Rocket Ranch, explore through the visitor complex’s YouTube Channel, ExploreSpaceKSC.

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