Hubble Space Telescope

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The Importance of Satellites

Satellites are crutial in the modern world. We use them for GPS (Global Positioning System), cell phones, and many other luxeries. One of the better known satellites is the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the backbones of astronomy in helping scientist understand the universe a lot better. Named after Edwin Hubble ,HST produces some of the clearest images from light years away in ultraviolet, near infared, and optical light.

Images viewed from the Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Parts

Hubble Facts

Manufacturer: Lockheed
Size13.3 m long, 4.3 m diameter
Length: 43.5 ft (13.2 m)
Weight: 24,500 lb (11,110 kg)
Maximum Diameter: 14 ft (4.2 m)

Orbit: 590 km circular, 28.5 deg inclination
Time to Complete One Orbit: 97 minutes
Speed: 17,500 mph (28,000 kph)

First Image: May 20, 1990: Star Cluster NGC 3532
Design Life: Designed for a 15 year life with on-orbit servicing.
1st Servicing Mission: December 1993
2nd Servicing Mission: February 1997
3rd Servicing Mission: December 1999

4th Servicing Mission: December 2001



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