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The Hubble Telescope
THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE
The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. The Hubble Telescope has cost approximately six billion dollars and has been worth every penny. It was launched in 1990, and since then has orbited 360 miles above the Earth over 100,000 times. Every 18 minutes the Hubble completes another revolution around the Earth.
HUBBLE SPACE PHOTOS
The Hubble Telescope is a space observatory that has completely changed the way astronomers see and understand our Universe. It provides incredibly clear and detailed views of deepest space. And these wonderfully beautiful images have enthralled people around the world. The Hubble also sends us images of—and has contributed immensely to the understanding of—our own solar system, including all of the other planets except Mercury (too close to the Sun to observe) that share it with Earth.
Before the Hubble Telescope, we observed the Heavens primarily from Earth bound telescopes, and our atmosphere distorted the view. The Hubble has illumined us about the birth and death of Stars, Constellations, Planets, Planetary Systems, and Galaxies; and advanced the study of the nature of Black Holes, Quasars, Quarks, Pulsars, Dwarfs, Nebulae, Asteroids, Comets, Space Debris, and Dark Matter. It can "see" 10 billion light years into the Cosmos.
HUBBLE TELESCOPE PHOTOS
The Hubble Telescope was deemed a colossal failure when it beamed its first images back to Earth. The pictures were blurry. The equipment was flawed. Fortunately, this was the first space telescope designed to be maintained and repaired by astronauts. In 1993, the Space Shuttle Endeavor corrected the discrepancies and we began to receive images that were crystal clear and stunning.
The Hubble has enabled us to greater appreciate the enormity and the unbelievable beauty of the Universe designed by our Creator. Discoveries are still being made at a rapid pace, regarding the electromagnetic spectrum; the nature and aspects of light; the chemical composition of distant objects; space collisions; the geometry of the Universe; cosmic radiation; and the dimensions of our Universe.
The life cycle of the Hubble, like everything else in our Universe, will come to an end. The Death of the Hubble is widely debated in the scientific community, with estimates ranging from next year to 20 years from now. Eventually its instruments will begin to fail and the machine itself will someday reenter the Earth's atmosphere. Much of it will burn up upon reentry, but components will fall to Earth, a development that will be monitored closely to negate human fatalities on the ground when it happens. Its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is planned for launch in 2014. This machine will be an infrared space observatory that is expected to generate images from beyond the reach of the Hubble.
The Hubble Telescope has given astronomers scientific information that has led them to conclude our Universe certainly had a beginning; and it will have an end. Perhaps God knew what He was talking about after all—when He spoke to Moses 3500 years ago regarding the Creation of the Universe—when He spoke to the Apostle John 1900 years ago about the end of this Universe.