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Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope is a telescope that was launched into orbit in 1990. The idea for a telescope in space had been proposed as early as the 1940s, but it clearly wasn’t feasible then. As the space program grew and the interest in space technology and space science took a hold of the nation, the first discussion of the feasibility actually took place, and the man who proposed it as a possibility, Lyman Spitzer, was appointed head of the space telescope project in the 1960s. Decades passed funding was procured, the telescope was designed, and then a series of delays and concerns kept it grounded, though it was originally supposed to launch in 1983. Finally, the Hubble Space Telescope took to flight in 1990 and for the past eighteen years has been sending back some of the most amazing images you could imagine, all of which leads to a greater understanding of the Universe, from its beginning to its deep mysteries that scientists are still hoping to unlock and unravel.

The Hubble Space Telescope was originally supposed to come back around 2005, but another servicing mission was approved and announced, which could prolong Hubble’s mission for several more years. Many people in and outside of the scientific community was very pleased by this news, because just about anybody can see the gain to science this has been. Any extra day in space is an extra day of images, an extra day of evidence, an extra day of raw data to explore, catalogue, debate, discuss, and use to further other hypothesizes and theories.

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