New camera for Hubble
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Wednesday 08 December 1993
Two of the seven crew, Story Musgrave and Jeffrey Hoffman, spent more than six hours outside the shuttle Endeavour replacing the telescope's camera, which is about the size of a baby grand piano and can take ultraviolet images of deep space. The new camera has a special mirror to compensate for the main mirror of the telescope, which is faulty.
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