Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope

Renowned for its beautiful images, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been a great success for NASA despite a defective mirror that nearly ended the mission when the problem was detected after launch in 1990.

Hubble is used to create images from the Universe's visible light, free from the distortion caused by the Earth's atmosphere. It also has instruments that detect invisible infrared and ultraviolet radiation.

Hubble is one of NASA's four Great Observatories, the others being the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Image: The HST, which is named after Edwin Hubble, orbits the Earth in 2002 (credit: NASA)

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The Hubble Space Telescope

Introduction

This famous telescope makes beautiful images of the Universe.

About Hubble Space Telescope

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