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STS 61



STS 61 was the fifth flight of the Endeavour orbiter and the 59th shuttle mission. Its objective was to repair, replace, and/or update the instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope. During several days of EVA, the crew installed corrective optics (COSTAR) in the light path after removing the High Speed Photometer (HSP) instrument; replaced the older Wide Field/Planetary Camera (WF/PC) with a newer version (WFPC 2); and replaced malfunctioning solar arrays.

The duration of the mission was 10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, and 37 seconds and lasted for 163 orbits.

Alternate Names

  • 22917
  • STS61

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1993-12-02
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 8011 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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Related Information/Data at NSSDCA

The Hubble Space Telescope

Other Sources of STS 61 Information/Data

STS 61 information (NASA KSC)
STS 61 Press Release images (NASA JSC)

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