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'Entirely Exciting': Remembering STS-37, Thirty Years On
By Ben Evans, on April 5th, 2021

Jerry Ross peers inside Atlantis’ crew cabin, with the Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO) behind him, during the first EVA of STS-37. Photo Credit: NASA

For a few hours in early April 1991, things could not get any worse for NASA. A year earlier, the first of its flagship “Great Observatories”—the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope (HST)—had been launched into orbit, but initial tests revealed its optics to have been improperly ground. In essence, the telescope was unable to resolve celestial objects with the kind of precision that NASA had advertised. A shuttle repair mission had long been on the cards, but the dismal failure caused considerable embarrassment for a space agency still recovering from the loss of Challenger.

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Video Credit: National Space Society


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