The Hubble Space Telescope






The Hubble Space Telescope is a space telescope that was carried into orbit in April 1990. It is named after the American astronomer Edwin Hubble . Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well-known as both a vital research tools and a public relations boom for astronomy.
The Hubble was funded in the 1970s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster. When finally launched in 1990, scientists found that the main mirror had been ground incorrectly, severely compromising the telescope’s capabilities. However, after a servicing mission in 1993, the telescope was restored to its intended quality. Hubble’s orbit outside the distortion of Earths atmospheric field image, for instance, is the most detailed visible-light image ever made of the universe’s most distant objects. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics , such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe. For more unbelievable shots follow the link below.


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~ by overlanda on February 11, 2010.

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