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Astronauts take fifth spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope
News story originally written on February 18, 1997

Astronauts Mark Lee and Steve Smith of the space shuttle Discovery completed their fifth and last spacewalk in the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The spacewalk lasted 5 hours, 17 minutes. The next step is to put the telescope back into orbit. The HST was placed into Discovery's payload bay so that repairs could be made.

The Space Shuttle Discovery mission began with liftoff on February 11, 1997, at 3:55 am. The ten-day mission consists of making major repairs to the HST. These repairs are going to help the HST make more discoveries.

The Discovery Space Shuttle crew consists of the following: commander Ken Bowersox, pilot Scott Horowitz, Joe Tanner, Steve Hawley, Greg Harbaugh, Mark Lee, and Steve Smith.

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