Reply to post: ...if the Shuttle was still flying, could it bring back...?

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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...if the Shuttle was still flying, could it bring back...?

Nope - the Shuttle could only get to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) whereas at its closest approach to Earth (perigee) Chandra is a little over 14,000 km away.

Furthermore, when Chandra, or any object in orbit, is at perigee it is also traveling at its fastest, so as well as not being able to reach Chandra, the Shuttle wouldn't have the delta-V to be able to accelerate to match velocities with it and then decelerate to return to Earth.

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