Hubble Telescope’s First Pictures from Space
Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the Hubble telescope, because today is 29 years to the day it sent its first pictures from space.
While the Hubble is not the first space telescope, it remains one of the largest and versatile in existence. It is well-known as both a research tool and a public relations boon to the public.
In fact, it is so well-known, it has its own website. You can visit it here. The coolest thing about this website is the “Live” feature, where you can see what the Hubble telescope is exploring now.
- It was actually named for a famous astronomer, Edwin Hubble, who helped broaden people’s horizons to the idea of multiple galaxies, not just our own.
- The project actually took 10 years to complete.
- The launch was delayed due to the Challenger disaster.
- A faulty mirror nearly derailed Hubble’s mission before it started. Thankfully, NASA was able to use smaller mirrors to act as “space glasses” to offset the error.
- It’s responsible for the deepest images of the universe ever recorded.
- The telescope only takes pictures in shades of black and white. They have to isolate the colors and then add them together to make a full picture.
- Hubble technology led to better methods for detecting breast cancer.
- Its observations have helped settle many debates.
- Anyone can make a request to use the Hubble Telescope.
- Its successor is planned for launch in the next few years.
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. What did you think? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!