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Hubble Telescope

17th July, 2021 Science and Technology

Context

  • NASA plans to fix a glitch that has stopped the Hubble space telescope from being used for science work for more than a month.

 

About

  • The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation.
  • The Hubble telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble and is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (1991–2000), the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope (2003–2020).
  • Hubble and its four main instruments observe in the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of atmosphere of Earth allows it to capture extremely high-resolution images with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes.
  • It has recorded some of the most detailed visible light images, allowing a deep view into space.
  • Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as determining the rate of expansion of the universe.

 

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/hubble-space-telescope-nasa-safe-mode-7407520/