hubble telescope


The Hubble Space Telescope (HST; also known colloquially as "the Hubble" or just "Hubble") is a space telescope that was carrie into orbit by a Space Shuttle in April 1990. It is named for American astronomer Edwin Hubble. Although not the first space telescope, the Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST is a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, and is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Trivia about hubble telescope

  • NASA is observing 20 years of amazing images from this, launched by Space Shuttle Discovery
  • During the course of 5 spacewalks in May 2009, Shuttle astronauts made repairs to this & installed 2 new instruments
  • In 1990 this space telescope provided the first picture of Charon as completely separate from Pluto
  • In 1993, Kathryn Thornton went into space to help repair the flawed "vision" of this, which had mirror problems
  • (I'm astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.) It was a treat for us all on Halloween 2006 when NASA decided to go ahead & repair this & give it new instruments to probe the depths of the universe
  • "A total deflation in my gut", noted one astronomer after seeing blurred photos taken by this device in 1990
  • It's 43 1/2 feet long, weighs 12 tons & has been orbiting the Earth for 20 years
  • In 1990 a flaw in this $1.5 billion piece of hardware was blamed on a spherical aberration in one of its mirrors