Interesting facts about the Hubble Space Telescope

  1. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

  2. The telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, who discovered in the 1920s that the universe is expanding.

  3. The Hubble Space Telescope is the first telescope to be placed in space, allowing it to capture images free from the distortion and interference caused by Earth's atmosphere.

  4. The Hubble has a primary mirror that is 2.4 meters (about 8 feet) in diameter, allowing it to capture incredibly detailed images of distant celestial objects.

  5. The telescope orbits Earth at a distance of about 547 miles (880 kilometers) and completes one orbit every 97 minutes.

  6. The Hubble has made over 1.3 million observations since its launch and has captured over 1 million images.

  7. The telescope has been used to study a wide range of phenomena in the universe, including the properties of galaxies, stars, and planets, as well as important events such as supernovae and black holes.

  8. The telescope has been used to study the atmospheres of exoplanets, providing valuable information about the potential for life on these distant worlds.

  9. The Hubble Space Telescope has been serviced and upgraded by NASA space shuttle missions five times, allowing its instruments to be improved and replaced to keep it operational.

  10. The Hubble Space Telescope is a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) and has made many important discoveries, such as the existence of dark energy and the rate of expansion of the universe.

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