20 Stunning Images of the Canadarm

Image gallery

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1981-11-13 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Richard Truly deploys the Canadarm from Space Shuttle Columbia's cargo bay for the first time. Occurring during Shuttle Mission STS-02, he describes it as "work(ing) beautifully." (Credit: NASA)

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1990-04-25 - The Canadarm grapples the Hubble Space Telescope from the payload bay of Space Shuttle Discovery to place it into orbit. (Credit: NASA)

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April 1991 - The Canadarm deploys the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (GRO) from Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-37. Commissioned until June 2000, GRO detected gamma-rays emitted from black holes, pulsars, quasars, neutron stars and other celestial phenomena. (Credit: NASA)

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February 1997 - During Mission STS-82, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts continue maintenance and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope. In this image, the Canadarm supports spacewalker Mark C. Lee. Colleague Steven Smith is to his left. (Credit: NASA)

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November 1995 - Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield is the only Canadian to be at the controls of the Canadarm during Russian Mir Space Station operations. (Credit: NASA)

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2002-03-05 - The Canadarm guides the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Michael Massimino towards the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Columbia during STS-109. (Credit: NASA)

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2002-03-08 - Space Shuttle Columbia's Canadarm transports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut John Grunsfeld towards the Hubble Space Telescope. (Credit: NASA)

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1996-01-06 - A stunning view of the Canadarm and a sunburst, its light reflected in a mirror-like ocean. (Credit: NASA)

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1984-04-07 - Backdropped by the turquoise-blue ocean of the Gulf of Mexico, the Canadarm grapples the Long Duration Exposure Facility. (Credit: NASA)

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2009-05-16 - The Canadarm supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Andrew Feustel as he performs maintenance work on the Hubble Telescope during STS-125. (Credit: NASA)

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2007-08-15 - The Canadarm and Canadarm2 work together to unload cargo from the payload bay of Space Shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)

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2011-05-18 - During Shuttle Mission STS-134, the Canadarm hands off the Express Logistics Carrier-3 to Canadarm2 for installation on the International Space Station (ISS). (Credit: NASA)

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2002-03-05 - A sliver of reflected light from the Earth's horizon makes for a dramatic shot of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Canadarm assists the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Michael Massimino with his duties. (Credit: NASA)

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1992-05-13 - The Canadarm gives the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Pierre Thuot a boost as he and his colleagues (left to right) Richard Hieb and Thomas Akers move the captured Intelsat VI satellite into Space Shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay. (Credit: NASA)

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2006-12-11 - Space Shuttle Discovery's Canadarm holds the International Space Station's P5 truss out for a hand off with Canadarm2. (Credit: NASA)

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1994-10-14 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Kathy Thornton, anchored to the Canadarm, prepares to release a defective Hubble Space Telescope solar panel into low-Earth orbit. (Credit: NASA)

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February 11-20, 1997 - Anchored to the Canadarm, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Steve Smith grasps the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph, one of the instruments that were changed out from the Hubble Space Telescope during STS-82. (Credit: NASA)

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2009-05-20 - During Shuttle Mission STS-125, light from a sliver of the Earth's horizon glances off of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Canadarm. (Credit: NASA)

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January 11-20, 1995 - A radiant burst of sunlight illuminates the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)

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2009-05-19 - The Canadarm reaches across the expanse of Space Shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay during Shuttle Mission STS-125. (Credit: NASA)