The Hubble takes amazing images as well as looking beautiful itself. Image Credit: NASAThe Hubble Space Telescope, launched in April 1990, is poised for many more years of trailblazing science ranging from Earth's solar system to the edge of the observable universe. The telescope is fulfilling the hopes astronomers have long held. They have wanted a large, optically superb telescope orbiting above Earth’s distorting atmosphere and providing uniquely clear and deep views of the cosmos. Hubble was the first telescope designed to be serviced in space. Astronauts have visited it four times, with another mission planned for May 2009.
In 1924, American astronomer Edwin Hubble used the 100-inch Hooker Telescope. Image Credit: NASASince the dawn of civilization, man's understanding of the universe was limited by his vision and imagination. The telescope enhanced his vision and tempered his pride, as observations by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler in the 16th and 17th centuries A.D. rebuffed the millennia-old conceit that Earth is the center of the universe, thus spearheading the Scientific Revolution.
In this case study, students analyze and evaluate the ideas, history and innovations discussed in Hubble-related USA TODAY articles. Image Credit: USA TodayUSA Today, in cooperation with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. presents this six-part case study, which explores the human ingenuity, visions and expertise representing the still-evolving story of the Hubble Space Telescope. This collegiate case study focuses on the Hubble legacy and how human ingenuity and a "failure is not an option" attitude have contributed to the improvement and maintenance of the HST.
Amazing Space uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries to inspire and educate about the wonders of the universe. Image Credit: STScILearn fun facts, commonly asked questions and myths that exist about Hubble by visiting the Amazing Space Web site.
This lithograph shows an image of Hubble taken from the orbiting space shuttle. Image Credit: NASAAn image of Hubble taken from the orbiting Space Shuttle shows the telescope after new solar panels were installed during the first servicing mission in 1993. Text is included that describes how the telescope works. A diagram identifies the telescope's science instruments and other important parts.
The Hubble Space Telescope will soon get a visit from the STS-125 space shuttle crew. Image Credit: NASAThe next servicing mission, Servicing Mission 4 (SM4), in May 2009, will be the final trip to the Hubble Telescope. Over the course of five spacewalks, astronauts will install two new instruments, repair two inactive ones, and perform the component replacements that will keep the telescope functioning at least into 2014. The effort-intensive, rigorously researched, exhaustively tested mission also involves diverse groups of people on the ground throughout the country.
An astronaut works on Hubble during Servicing Mission 3A in 1999. Image Credit: NASAHubble was the first space telescope designed to be serviced in space. Scientists believed that periodic servicing missions would extend Hubble’s operating life and keep the observatory up-to-date. Astronauts have already visited Hubble four times, and another visit is scheduled for May 2009. The visit, called Servicing Mission 4, will increase the telescope’s scientific power and keep it operational until at least 2014.
The Hubble Project is full of interesting terms and acronyms. Image Credit: NASAThe Hubble Space Telescope, its instruments and its servicing missions seem to have their own language. The glossary defines many of the terms and acronyms related to Servicing Mission 4.
Teach students critical skills with this interactive activity based on Servicing Mission 3B. Image Credit: NASAStudents use critical thinking and reading skills by searching for word and picture clues from the events of the 2002 Servicing Mission 3B, including the shuttle launch and spacewalks to place mission events in the correct sequence.
The NASA eClips™: Innovative Real World Learning videos offer useful, up-to-date information for the classroom. Image Credit: NASANASA eClips are videos highlighting current research and innovations along with lesson plans that can be used in the classroom.