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Shuttle astronauts with Solar Maximum Satellite, 1984.


Shuttle astronauts with Solar Maximum Satellite, 1984.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


Astronauts, George Nelson and James van Hoften with the satellite in the hold of the Space Shuttle Challenger. During Shuttle mision 41-C, launched on 6th April 1984, astronauts Nelson and van Hoften captured the Solar Maximum Satellite, that had failed in orbit four years before, taking it back to Challenger where they repaired and released it again. This was the first repair of a satellite in space.

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