Hubble’s Servicing Mission 1

  • Released Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM

Shortly after the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in 1990, the observatory's primary mirror was discovered to have an aberration that affected the clarity of the telescope's early images.

Fortunately, Hubble, orbiting 353 miles (569 km) above the surface of the Earth, was the first telescope designed to be visited in space by astronauts to perform repairs, replace parts, and update its technology with new instruments.

Servicing Mission 1, launched in December 1993, was the first opportunity to conduct planned maintenance on the telescope. In addition, new instruments were installed and the optics of the flaw in Hubble's primary mirror was corrected.

For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

Music Credits:
"Sleep Patterns" by Oliver Worth [PRS] via Atmosphere Music Ltd [PRS] and Universal Production Music.

"Tides" by Ben Niblett [PRS], and Jon Cotton [PRS] via Atmosphere Music Ltd [PRS] and Universal Production Music.

"Mirrored Cubes" by Laurent Dury [SACEM] via Koka Media [SACEM], Universal Publishing Production Music France [SACEM] and Universal Production Music.

"Natural Time Cycles by Laurent Dury [SACEM] via Koka Media [SACEM], Universal Publishing Production Music France [SACEM] and Universal Production Music.

Motion Graphics Template Media Credits:
Lower Thirds Auto Self Resizing by cayman via Motion Array

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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