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final hubble upgrade mission completed


There were stripped bolts, and a power ratchet that went dead at a crucial moment. One of the shuttle's four spacewalkers had to work through the pain of a poorly fitting spacesuit boot. And when high technology failed in an attempt to remove a stuck railing, the astronauts resorted to more primitive means to pry it loose: brute force.

But their efforts left Hubble equipped for at least another five years of operations - and the promise of new discovery.

With the loss of columbia and her manipulator arm, the Hubble telescope will never be able to re-enter the earth's atmosphere and sit on the mount prepared for it at the Smithsonian. Let's hope these next five years count.