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 The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was placed in orbit on April 1990 by the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31). It was carried in the Shuttle's cargo bay! The space based observatory allows astronomers a better view of the universe. The telescope is the size of a school bus.

Hubble Space Telescope Picture

NASA named the world's first space-based optical telescope after American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889?953). Hubble confirmed an expanding universe, which provided the foundation for the Big Bang theory.

Hubble Space Telescope Facts

Manufacturer: Lockheed

Size13.3 m long, 4.3 m diameter

Length:
43.5 ft (13.2 m)

Weight: 24,500 lb (11,110 kg)

Maximum Diameter: 14 ft (4.2 m)

Orbit: 590 km circular, 28.5 deg inclination

Time to Complete One Orbit: 97 minutes

Speed: 17,500 mph (28,000 kph)

First Image: May 20, 1990: Star Cluster NGC 3532

Design Life: Designed for a 15 year life with on-orbit servicing.

1st Servicing Mission: December 1993

2nd Servicing Mission:
February 1997

3rd Servicing Mission:
December 1999

4th Servicing Mission: December 2001

hubble space telescope pic

Did you know?

  • Hubble's giant mirror weighed one ton and took three years to grind and polish.
  • By placing the telescope in space, the blurriness of the Earth's atmosphere is overcome.


Where is Hubble Space Telescope right now?

To track the Hubble telescope try the following HST links:

The successor to Hubble will be The Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), which is being designed right now and may be launched as early as 2008.

Video:
The Space Shuttle and the Hubble Telescope from Amazon.com

Books: 
Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe by Mark Voit from
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe by Robin Kerrod from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Origins: Our Place in Hubble's Universe by John R. Gribbin, Simon Goodwin from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca



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