Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope orbits 600 kilometers above the Earth. Hubble was originally designed in the 1970s and launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990. The project to build a space telescope was beset by delays and budget problems. The project was entirely cancelled once. Only personal lobbying by the scientific community persuaded Congress to restore some of the funding for the project. Polishing of Hubble's primary mirror began at Perkin-Elmer corporation in May 1979. Immediately after its launch, it was found that the main mirror suffered from spherical aberration, severely compromising the telescope's capabilities. However, after a servicing mission in 1993, the telescope was restored to its planned quality. Over the years the Hubble has produced a wealth of scientific information about the Universe. Every day, Hubble delivers between 10 and 15 gigabytes of data to astronomers all over the world. This has created a data archive of over 10 terabytes. It has taken more than 400,000 separate observations, observed more than 25,000 astronomical targets and provided data for thousands of scientific papers. The Hubble received its final service mission in 2009 and is now expected to last until about 2014.

Hubble Space Telescope

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Hubble Space Telescope

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