Display Cradle, Hubble Space Telescope SDTV


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This framework was located in storage at the Goddard Space Flight Center, and was deemed useful if modified to display the re-constructed Structural Thermal Test Vehicle for the Hubble Space Telescope. The work was performed by Lockheed Corporation, Goddard, and Swales staff members as part of a project to upgrade the HST exhibitry at NASM. The original nature and purpose of this framework is not known.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center transferred it to NASM in 2008.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD


Painted iron and steel, pneumatic systems


Overall: 304.8 x 487.68cm, 4536kg (10ft x 16ft, 10000lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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