25th anniversary of the Hubble telescope
On the 24th of April 2015, it will be the anniversary of the Hubble telescope. This amazing piece of technology was launched on the 24th of April in 1990. The space shuttle Discovery was launched while carrying the Hubble telescope. The day after the Hubble telescope was released into space, ready to look into the vast vacuum of mystery.
The Hubble telescope has helped scientists get a better understanding of space. Before, we could only guess what some of the things the Hubble has found looked like. Still today, the Hubble continues to provide views of cosmic wonders never before seen by human kind.
Shortly after the Hubble was deployed, it was discovered to have a flaw that affected the of the telescope's early images. Astronauts repaired the Hubble in December 1993. Including that trip, there have been five astronaut servicing missions to Hubble.
Here are some statistics on the Hubble as of its 24th anniversary on April 24, 2014:
- Hubble captures pictures of stars planets and galaxies from its orbit around Earth while moving at 17500 mph.
- Hubble has made more than 1 million observations since its mission began in 1990.
- Hubble has observed 38000 celestial targets.
- As of Hubble's 24th anniversary in April 2014 Hubble's observations have taken up more than 100 terabytes of data.
- Hubble currently generates 844 gigabytes of data per month.
- Hubble weighs 24500 pounds as much as two full-grown elephants.
- Hubble's primary mirror is 2.4 meters across.
- Hubble is 13.3 meters long -- the length of a large school bus.
Hopefully the telescope will carry on taking pictures of space and help scientists get a better understanding of space.
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