Synonymous Platform Names:
Hubble Space Telescope
LEO > Low Earth Orbit > Inclined Non-Polar
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The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a cooperative program of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to operate a long-lived space-based ... observatory for the benefit of the international astronomical community. HST is an observatory first dream of in the 1940s, designed and built in the 1970s and 80s, and operational only in the 1990s. Since its preliminary inception, HST was designed to be a different type of mission for NASA -- a long-term space-based observatory. To accomplish this goal and protect the spacecraft against instrument and equipment failures, NASA had always planned on regular servicing missions. Hubble has special grapple fixtures, 76 handholds, and stabilized in all three axes. HST is a 2.4-meter reflecting telescope, which was deployed, in low-Earth orbit (600 kilometers) by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery (STS-31) on 25 April 1990.
Additional information available at http://www.stsci.edu/hst/HST_overview/
[Source: Space Telescope Science Institute]
Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center, USA