If the name “Hubble” was not so well known, I wouldn’t even be doing this, so here’s my take on the Hubble Space Telescope. (Yes, I know it was named after Edwin Hubble, but if the telescope hadn’t been so well known in our culture, I likely wouldn’t have ever linked that name.)
Of all the gorgeous pictures of the Universe that Hubble has been able to get for us, one of the most thrilling, for me, is when they turned it on a blank patch of sky and just opened the lens for 10 days discovering hundreds of galaxies hidden inside that “blackness”.
Which inspired them to do it again… and again… discovering deeper each time and thousands upon thousands of new galaxies. Galaxies!
And for the reference to the Neil deGrasse Tyson quote, please see here!
The cost estimate for the Hubble Space Telescope went from $400 million to $10 billion in total. Even discounting the knowledge of the universe around us that we’ve gained, if the benefit of just creating error correction for the faulty mirror led to better detection of breast cancer in mammograms, isn’t it worth it? Many medical companies would invest similar without the “side benefit” of a better understanding of the universe.
“Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Hubble Space Telescope (1990- )
Although 1990 is listed as the birth of the Hubble Space Telescope, it was a very long time from conception to birth! NASA started investigating the possibility and looking for funding starting in 1970!
While Hubble allowed humanity to see farther and clearer than ever before, it was not as clear as expected. One mirror was out of alignment by about 1.3mm (about the thickness of a dime).
Scientists had planned for upgrades and maintenance to the Hubble Telescope by Astronauts but it took about 3 years to correct. The wait was worth it!
Looking at nothing for 100 hours became the Hubble Deep Field Initiative.
The furthest and youngest galaxies known to man, the speed of the expansion of the Universe, and the southern aurora on Saturn.
Hubble sure isn’t just the namesake of HubbleGum Cards. The Hubble Space Telescope provides knowledge of space and time.
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