Monday, September 5, 2011

Interesting facts about Hubble telescope

Hubble telescope is the most famous telescope of them all, and it has been giving astronomers valuable information since the time it was first carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle on April 24, 1990.

This telescope is a true technological wonder as it is able to take extremely sharp images with almost no background light.

On July 4, the Hubble telescope achieved its jubilant one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away.

The Hubble telescope has certainly added new meaning to the sharp imagery of the Universe as the most detailed visible-light image ever made of the universe's most distant objects comes from the Hubble's Ultra Deep Field image.

The Hubble telescope enabled tremendous step forward for all astronomic research, and has so far collected more than 50 terabytes of data.

The Hubble was originally planned to go into the orbit in 1983 but the launching was delayed because of technical problems and lack of funds.

The Hubble telescope is still the only telescope designed to be specifically serviced in space by astronauts.

The Hubble telescope already has its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), that should be launched in 2018.

The last time Hubble was serviced was in May 2009. With these last servicing efforts it is expected that Hubble should remain fully functional till at least 2014.

There is a replica of the Hubble Telescope on the courthouse lawn in Marshfield, Missouri, the hometown of famous astronomer Edwin P. Hubble. Edwin Hubble was one of the most important astronomers of all time, he revolutionized the astronomy's way of thinking by confirming the existence of galaxies other than our own.