This Day In Astro History

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STS 61 Mission Patch

December 2

1993 - Endeavor STS-61 launched. The first Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission. Mission duration: 10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, 37 seconds. A record of five space walks. This mission repaired the faulty optics on HST allowing astronomers a new, clear view of space. 

1992 -STS-53 (Discovery) launched on DOD mission.

1990 - STS-35 (Columbia) launched with the ASTRO-1 observatory.

1988 - STS-27 (Atlantis) launched on a Department of Defense (DOD) mission.

1811 - Birthday, Benjamin (Don Benito) Wilson, 2nd mayor of Los Angeles and namesake of Mt. Wilson (Observatory), CA.
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STS-61 launch
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