Launch 1990

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by the shuttle Discovery (STS-31) on 24 April 1990 at 12:33:51 UTC.

Hubble was released by the Shuttle's robotic arm on 26 April at 19:38 UT.

The Space Shuttle Discovery on the way to the skies with Hubble as payload.

The Space Shuttle Discovery on its way to the skies with Hubble as the payload.

Hubble has just been released by the Shuttle's robotic arm and is slowly drifting away.

Hubble has just been released by the Shuttle's robotic arm and is slowly drifting away.