For 28 years and counting, the Hubble Space Telescope has been a centerpiece of worldwide astronomical research since its launch in 1990. Just weeks after settling into orbit, however, a flawed mirror threatened to derail the entire mission. On Dec. 8, 1993, the installation of corrective optics by seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour remedied the problem and, within a month, Hubble began producing sharper images.
Four more servicing missions would follow – with the final taking place in 2009 – all of which extended and enhanced Hubble’s scientific capability far beyond its expected lifetime. Today, thanks to the success of these five missions, Hubble is at the peak of its productivity and is expected to continue high levels of scientific return for years to come.
“The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” Seminar – Friday, Dec. 7
To celebrate the success of Hubble and the 25th anniversary of its first servicing mission, as well as to reflect on how NASA and Goddard overcame the challenges of the times, the center will host a seminar entitled “The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” on Friday, Dec. 7, \ The morning session, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., will relive the details of the first servicing mission. The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m., will explore Hubble servicing in general and discuss its impact on science and future satellite servicing efforts.
Both sessions will feature astronauts and key players from the five servicing missions, as well as those who are leveraging their work for science and other endeavors.
In addition, a discussion on Hubble servicing and the current work of the Goddard Satellite Servicing Projects Division will be streamed on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. on https://www.facebook.com/NASAHubble/.