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August 8, 1995
Columbia Waits, Discovery Launches
Kennedy Space Centre
Space Shuttle Discovery
launches while the Space Shuttle Columbia is readied for a future mission.
Space shuttles are launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in
Florida. At this date there are four operating space shuttles:
mission is most famous for carrying the
Hubble Space Telescope
into orbit. The Hubble Space Telescope is the largest public optical
telescope ever to operate in orbit, and because it is above Earth's
atmosphere it's photographs are more clear than any ground based telescope.
Hubble continues to make fundamental discoveries
and the universe we live in.
Tomorrow's picture: Challenger Launches Spacelab 2
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