July 23, 1999, Chandra X-ray Observatory Awaits Deployment

This 70mm frame shows the 50,162-pound Chandra X-ray Observatory before it was tilted upward for its release from the Space Shuttle Columbia’s payload bay on July 23, 1999, just a few hours following the shuttle’s arrival in Earth orbit. Chandra was spring-ejected from a cradle in the payload bay at 6:47 a.m. Central time. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/multimedia/columbia/1999-07-23-2.html

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