Proceedings PaperSpace Telescope Maintenance And Refurbishment
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NASA's Space Telescope (ST), the first free flying spacecraft designed for on-orbit maintenance utilizing the full Shuttle capabilities, is a new concept in space-borne astronomical observatories. Long operational life time is achieved by bringing maintenance crews to the orbital worksite to make repairs and/or replace scientific insi-_rumr,nts. When major over-hauls are required, the Shuttle can return the telescope to earth and later relaunch the refurbished telescope. These capabilities will enable Space Telescope to operate at the forefront of astronomical research for a decade or more.