Top Ten Shuttle Memories
Highlights from America's longest-lived space program.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 08, 2011
More people probably remember the December 1993 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope than recall its launch three years earlier. That’s because the stakes were so high. NASA managers were mortified by a flaw in the multibillion-dollar telescope’s mirror that blurred its vision and gave the agency a black eye in the press. But after engineers on the ground devised a package of corrective optics, a spacewalking team led by veteran astronaut Story Musgrave (pictured) was able to restore Hubble’s sight on mission STS-61.