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STS 82



STS 82 was the 22nd flight of the Discovery orbiter, the 82nd shuttle mission, and the 16th night launch of the shuttle. Its objective was to repair, replace, and/or update the instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope. During several days of EVA, the crew replaced a failed Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS), swapped one of the reel-to-reel tape recorders with a solid-state recorder, and exchanged two of the original instruments, the Goddard High-Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) and the Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS), with two new instruments, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). In addition to this planned work, astronauts discovered that some of the insulation around the light shield portion of the telescope had degraded and attached several thermal insulation blankets to correct the problem. The duration of the mission was 9 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes, and 9 seconds and lasted for 149 orbits.

Alternate Names

  • OV 103
  • 24719
  • STS82

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1997-02-11
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 83122 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office


Related Information/Data at NSSDCA

The Hubble Space Telescope

Other Sources of STS 82 Information/Data

STS 82 information (NASA Shuttle Web)
STS 82 information (NASA KSC)

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