SM3B - Columbia disappears into the distance
Date: 28 February 2002
Depicts: Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on HST SM3B
Location: Kennedy Space Center
The Space Shuttle Columbia passes through some pre-dawn clouds as it soars into the sky to begin its 27th flight, STS-109. Liftoff occurred at 11:22:02 UT. The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks. On board the spacecraft were astronauts Scott D. Altman, Duane G. Carey, Nancy J. Currie, John M. Grunsfeld, James H. Newman, Richard M. Linnehan and Michael J. Massimino.
Last Update: 1 September 2019