December 19, 1999, STS-103 Third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission launched
“In December 1999, Space Shuttle Discovery spent eight days in orbit on a mission (STS103) -to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Two teams of space walkers spent more than 24 hours conducting extravehicular activities, or EVAs, installing new equipment and performing other maintenance tasks to upgrade the space-based observatory.”
This was the first shuttle mission in which the crew spent Christmas in space.
Text and image credit: NASA
S103-E-5156 (21 December 1999) — This electronic still camera’s view and others in this series showing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) being berthed in Discovery’s bay were recorded during and soon after capture; and they were downlinked at the completion of the mission’s first space walk on the following day by the busy STS-103 astronauts. The image was recorded at 19:46:15 GMT, Dec. 21, 1999.