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  Hubble back to life after space shutdown
Updated 06 March 2002, 15.50

The Hubble Space Telescope has survived a tricky operation to fit a new power unit while in orbit around the Earth.

Astronauts from the Columbia space shuttle had to shut down the telescope's power to fit the new component.

  Click here for amazing pictures from Hubble!

And they had to work quickly so that Hubble's power could be turned back on before it was damaged by the extreme cold of space.

Then the message came through from mission control: "Hubble has a heartbeat!"

Fact File
Hubble history
1977 - Project begins
1985 - Hubble built
1990, 24 April - Hubble launched
1990, 18 May - First light
1993, December - Wonky mirror fixed
1997, February - Second servicing mission
1999, December - Emergency service to repair gyroscopes
2002, March - Repairs not done in 1999
2010 - End of Hubble mission

Leaky suit

The spacewalk had been delayed for two hours because of a water leak.

Half an hour before the astronauts were due to exit the shuttle, they noticed liquid coolant escaping from John Grunsfeld's spacesuit.

But the astronaut changed into another suit and the spacewalk went ahead.

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