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This photograph was taken by the
STS-31 crew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery and shows the Hubble Space Telescope being deployed on April 25,
1990, from the payload bay.
The giant spacecraft is being put in orbit to gather information about a large variety of
astronomical objects, from neighboring planets and stars to the most distant galaxies and quasars.
The photo was taken by
the IMAX Cargo Bay Camera (ICBC), mounted in a container on the port side of Discovery in Bay 12. The camera was
remotely controlled by the crew members in the cabin, using a Gas Autonomous Payload Controller (GAPC). The 70mm
motion picture coverage of the telescope and its deployment exercises will be featured in an IMAX/Omnimax film for the
International Space Year 1992.
Date: April 25, 1990
Photo credit: NASA