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This Week in NASA History: Chandra X-Ray Observatory Delivered to Low-Earth Orbit — July 22, 1999

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Posted July 23, 2016
CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVERTORY (FORMERLY AXAF) ACTIVITIES AT KSC PRIOR TO ITS LAUNCH ABOARD STS-93: IN SHUTTLE CARGO BAY.

CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVERTORY (FORMERLY AXAF) ACTIVITIES AT KSC PRIOR TO ITS LAUNCH ABOARD STS-93: IN SHUTTLE CARGO BAY.

This week in 1999, space shuttle Columbia delivered the Chandra X-Ray Observatory — shown here being installed and mated to the inertial upper stage inside Columbia’s cargo bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center — to low-Earth orbit. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has been involved in development of many of the agency’s optical instruments. Notably, Marshall played a significant role in NASA’s Great Observatories, especially in managing the development of the Hubble Space Telescope and in managing the development, flight and current operations of Chandra.

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Source: NASA

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