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The Hubble Telescope
Ashley Field
Hubble Facts
•
The Hubble Telescope was launched into low
Earth orbit in 1990
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Four main instruments observe in the near
ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra
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Named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble
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Launched by Space Shuttle Discovery
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The only telescope designed to be serviced by
astronauts
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As of Hubble’s 24th anniversary in April 2014,
Hubble observations have produced more than
100 terabytes of data.
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Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space
Telescope is scheduled for launch in 2018
Communicating with Hubble
• A quartet of antennae on the telescope sends and
receives information between Hubble and the Flight
Operations Team at the Goddard Space Flight
Center in Maryland.
• Engineers use satellites to communicate with the
telescope, giving it directions and commands
• The telescope has 2 main computers and a number
of smaller systems
Sources
• http://hubblesite.org/
• http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubbl
e/story/#.VOZev1PF-Ni
• http://web.archive.org/web/200805242117
36/http://hubble.nasa.gov/overview/concep
tion-part1.php